“Don’t fear: I am First, I am Last, I’m Alive. I died, but I came to life, and my life is now forever.” Revelation 1:17
It seems fitting that on this last day of the month of writing about the subject fear, I write from the Book of Revelation—the last book in the Bible. John wrote the words of Jesus to help us conquer fear of death. In verse 2, Jesus said, “See these keys in my hand? They open and lock Death’s doors, they open and lock Hell’s gates. Now write down everything you see: things that are, things about to be.”
I began writing by journaling my thoughts. As I think back to some of the intimate things I wrote in the journals, I am reminded of the jingle, “Now I lay me down to sleep. If I should die before I wake, someone throw my journals in the lake.”
I shudder to think that God knows everything I’ve written, but it gives me comfort to know it doesn’t matter in the eyes of God. It’s what I do to resolve my thought that is important. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. said, “Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and most easily of all, the gate of fear.”
When my life cycle on earth is complete, I’m hoping I’ll be given the key that will open the door to a new life without fear.
Thank you, Lord, thank you for the gift of fear that helps us grow in our faith. Amen.