Across the years, I’ve collected many stories and amusing events from my Eastern Kentucky home. They often serve as a humorous way to make a serious point. Let me share such a story to help me make a point in this devotional thought:
Sheriff Tackett was sitting in his police car beside H.C. Spark’s Store. Miss Maude, an eightysomething-year-old ‘unclaimed blessing’, came out of Squabble Creek and turned onto the main road. She didn’t stop at the stop sign. In addition, she had a broken taillight. The Sheriff caught up to her and pulled her over. Reviewing her violations, he asked to see her driver’s license. As she extracted her license from a large purse, a pistol fell out on the seat. The sheriff exclaimed, “My goodness, is that your pistol?” “Yes”, she responded. “Do you have anymore weapons with you?” he asked. Miss Maude opened the console and laid a 9mm Glock pistol on the seat. After the shock wore off, he asked if she had any other weapons in the car. She promptly opened the glove box and removed an imposing .357 magnum pistol. A stunned Sheriff Tackett responded, “Oh, my goodness Miss Maude, what are you afraid of?” Her confident reply: “I ain’t afeared of nothin!!!”
This world can often be a threatening and fearful place. We may be fearful for our own personal safety, of home invasions, of credit card fraud, health issues, and a myriad of other menacing situations. We may face the challenges of life with a fear of failure, a fear of rejection, or a fear of personal inadequacy. In light of such intimidating circumstances, is there a way to live without trepidation in this often hostile world? Can we live without worry short of arming ourselves ‘to the teeth’, like Miss Maude?
Yes! Thank the Lord there is a way. We do not have to live in fear. There is an answer. 1 John 4:16-18 (NKJV): “ And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
What comfort the words of Paul can bring – “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NKJV).
If we abide in God’s love, we don’t have to be “afeared of nothin”.
~ Brother Roy