Unafraid

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For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:11-13‬

Lord God,

There are so many parts of my life in which I live afraid. I am afraid of danger. I am afraid of disaster. I am afraid of storms. I am afraid of what people may do to me. I am even more afraid of what people may think about me. I am even more concerned about how people view me. I live my life afraid of so many dangers. I see a snake and even though I may want to do something about it, I shrink back in fear. I like to see lions, but only as long as they are inside an enclosure and unable to get near me. There are so many parts of my life in which I am afraid. Father, you do not want me to be afraid. In fact, you tell me here that you have commanded angels about me to guard me in all of my ways. You have promised that when I am falling and hurtling toward the ground like an eaglet, they will scoop me up in their hands and protect me. Your Son, Jesus, swooped in to save and rescue me from sin and every evil. He has already rescued me from the greatest danger that faces me and he, along with all of his heavenly angel army, he will rescue me from every other evil and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. Lord God, this is all true. Help me to live my life today unafraid. Help me to step out against the snake and the lion, whatever it is that may threaten me. Help me to step out in the boldness and confidence of my identity - I am your child! And that is true no matter how people receive me. That is true no matter how people treat me. I am your child. And you are my refuge and my fortress. Help me to step out into this day unafraid.

Amen.

Being raised up on eagles’ wings doesn’t mean that the baby bird never left the nest, but that when he was flailing and falling from the sky, unable to fly on his own and save himself, his mother swept in to the rescue. So also my God!