Faith & Life: Faith Over Fear

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Faith Over Fear

Killing Spiders in the Mailbox

by J.M. Troppello

I have lost track of how many articles I've written about the adventures of my niece getting our mail. However, the adventure continued today. When my niece brought my mail to the door today, she said, “I need your help. There are spiders in our mailbox.”

Now, some of you know that I’m deathly afraid of spiders and all creepy crawly things. But, I wanted to be brave for my niece, so we walked over to the mailboxes. I opened her mailbox and saw that there were three spiders inside.

Thankfully, the spiders were not wolf spiders which are my nemesis. I used one of the junk mail flyers that I had gotten in my mail to try to kill the spider and flick it out of the mailbox. It worked. However, my niece abandoned me and walked quickly to her house. I dealt with the other two spiders, then got her mom’s mail out.

As my niece had walked away, I jokingly called after her and said, “Thanks for abandoning me.” My sister had come out at that time to see what was going on. I explained what had happened. Then I walked over to my sister’s house and teased my niece that I’d gotten rid of the spiders and got their mail. I spent a few moments chatting with my sister on the swing on her porch.

Overcoming Your Fear

As I went back home to finish work, I thought about how easy it was for me to kill the spiders because I was trying to be brave for my niece. It made me think about how it can be just as easy for me to fall into fear OR step out in faithdepending on where my focus is in life.

When I focus on God and ask Him for strength, it's easier for me to overcome my fears. When I focus on my fears, it’s very easy to stay stagnated in them.

In Matthew 8:23-27, you can read about how the wind and the waves of Jesus. You can also read about this in Mark 4:35-41 and in Luke 8:22-25.

In the previous chapters in Matthew, Jesus had preached the Sermon on the Mount, then He cleansed a leper, healed a Centurion’s servant, healed Peter’s mother-in-law, and then healed many others after the Sabbath sunset. Jesus had just finished speaking to a scribe about the cost of discipleship. Jesus ended that conversation by saying, “Follow me and let the dead bury their own dead.” Basically, He was talking about how true discipleship calls for a deep focus on God’s Kingdom rather than things of this world.

23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:23-27, NKJV)

In this passage about the wind and waves obeying Jesus, He got into a boat and the disciples followed Him. Jesus had fallen asleep in the boat and a great tempest had arisen on the sea, and then waves came up into the boat. The disciples were afraid and woke Him up, and then said that they were going to die.

I love how Jesus said in verse 26, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” After saying that, He stood up and rebuked the winds and waves, and they calmed down.

The disciples were surprised and said, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey him?

Can you imagine being in that boat in that exact moment?

How would you have felt if you thought you were going to die as the wind and waves overwhelmed the boat? I know I would be very afraid. Yet, Jesus was literally in the boat with them. They had the opportunity to literally wake Him up and ask Him to save them.

Jesus is not with us physically today. However, we can still call upon God in Jesus’s name and ask Him for help at any moment. I serve a Triune God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is available to help you every second of the day if you just ask.

I hope you can see that God is with you each day. All you have to do is ask Him for help. Trust Him one step at a time.

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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