by Billy Beasley
"The only thing greater than Fear is Hope."
I do not know where I read or heard this quote recently, but it has resonated with me. Fear is a horribly powerful thing and we all at one time or another are afraid. And there has been much that we could be fearful of this year. The year 2020 has been like a bad science fiction novel. How many hurricanes have hit the Gulf this year? We had an earthquake in North Carolina that registered over 5. The first time that has happened since 1926. We can’t get a handle on COVID and now we have a presidential race that probably will not be decided by the time this column appears on Sunday, November 8.
And at a time when we have so needed to gather together and worship that was taken away for several weeks and even when churches were allowed to open it was with severe restrictions. Even an introvert like me is not wired to go without human interaction.
My first column about COVID, three years ago, just kidding it was in April. It only seems like three years ago. I stated at the time that my family would be cautious, but we would not surrender to fear. I believe we have done well with that. I have also prayed every day for my family and friends to be protected from this virus.
As much as COVID concerns me there is something that concerns me as much or maybe even more so.
Long after this virus is under control the mental health issues that have increased dramatically by the lack of social interaction and living in fear, will still be present.
Back in May, I heard on the radio that anxiety medications were up 34%. I have no clue what that number is today.
What can we do? Is the answer to just lock ourselves away in our homes and have no contact with anyone outside of our family? I don’t think that is good for anyone. It may prove safer physically but when you factor in the mental turmoil, I don’t think it is the right answer. I certainly am not saying throw caution to the wind. Be careful. Wear your mask but don’t succumb to living in fear. I don’t know if there is anything worse than living in fear. I have endured many times in my life when I was afraid and felt out of sorts mentally.
Is there anything worse than living in fear? Fear is a tool of the evil one and it will eat us alive if you allow it to take root.
How many times does the Bible say, Fear not or don’t be afraid? Does it read fear not or don’t be afraid with the exception of COVID or even about who our next President will be?
What is our answer? I believe it goes back to where this column began.
“The only thing greater than Fear is Hope.”
And what is our hope as believers. Our hope is in Jesus Christ. For many years, even though I believed, I did not feel like a Christian. I was Born Again long ago but I never did what I felt God desired, even demanded of me. Put Him first. Until one day when all my ways had failed, I chose to do just that.
And that includes placing Him above my fears.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
About the Author
Billy Beasley resides in Carolina Beach, NC with his wife Julie and their Australian Cattle Dog, Teke.
The Preacher’s Letter is his second traditionally published work of fiction.
Billy’s shares two simple beliefs with his favorite character in his first novel, The River Hideaway—Faith in God and a conviction that ‘Hearts have no color’. His third novel, The Girl in the River, released in July 2020.
You can read his “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 2nd Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.