According to Dictionary.com, fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, or pain, whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
No one could have prepared us for 2020. It seems that each day is worse than the day before. We are all feeling the weight of this global pandemic, and it appears that life will never be the same again.
Just yesterday, I learned that a friend of a friend committed suicide after an extended period of isolation. They were alone, away from family, and friends and things became too much. They were already facing some underlying issues, but panic amplified them.
When I heard the news that they took their life, I immediately felt fear trying to cripple me. The feeling is almost impossible to escape with the 24-hour news cycle, WhatsApp messages, and emails reminding you to do this and don’t do that.
To say that we are living in unprecedented times is an understatement. And there’s a lot of information going up on the Web. Some of it is downright crazy. For example, I saw a message that meth is a cure. Absolutely, ridiculous. While I’m not writing this post to diminish the seriousness of this moment, I would encourage you to filter what you read and listen to. I don’t want you to feel fearful, anxious, and worried. Be smart about the stuff you take into your mind because not everything can be trusted.
At this point, I could offer you a list of suggestions on how to live without fear during adversity. However, it would be inappropriate. Not because being afraid benefits us, but rather to acknowledge the uncertain times we are living in. We all have questions, which unfortunately remains unanswered.
Therefore, I join with you in the sea of emotions that you may face. But, rather than leave on a sombre note, we need a little positivity and faith. Even though the world is upside down, I choose not to let fear consume me, and neither should you.
So, when fear does arise in my heart, I read the Bible. Some of you may have another strategy, and that is OK. However, I want to share two passages of scripture that strengthen me in times like this. I hope they are helpful.
Psalm 27:1 (NKJV)
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 94:19 (NKJV)
In the multitude of my anxieties within me
Your comfort delights my soul.