I have the Royal Albert out and a dish of Anna's Schoolhouse Coffeecake to serve...really. I'm enjoying a small piece right now. Delicious, you'll love it. I made it with cherries I had in the freezer, which worked very well. I let it cool and drizzled just a little glaze on the top.
This week, while chatting over tea and perhaps mumbling a bit as we have coffeecake in our mouth (what etiquette!), I can see the conversation turning towards the subject of fear.
I thought it interesting that a major network showed a two hour program about fear and worry being rampant today. I only watched a bit of it but what I did watch was interesting. It would appear that everyone deals with fear these days. It reminds me that the Word says "man's hearts will be failing them with fear" (or close to that) someday.
It is so easy to let fear, apprehension, that "uneasy" feeling, come upon us. For me, it is almost always when I let my mind wander on "what might happen" or "could have happened". I pray for my son as he drives and I truly believe God watches over him. Just this past week, he was late coming home from teaching a fencing class so I began to get apprehensive again. As it turned out, there was an accident at "the bad curve" on the way home...only he came upon it just after it had happened. He got out to see if everyone was okay and if they needed him to call 911 on his cell phone. Then he arrived home...safe and sound. Just a few minutes earlier and he could have been in the midst of cars crashing. God really does hold him in the palm of His hand.
It is interesting how my body reacts to the sounds of sirens as they race down the county roads near me. When someone I know is expected to be here soon, the sounds can cause me to immediately get tense. That same sound provokes a different emotion when no one I know is on the road at that time, especially family and friends (or at least expected to be on the road). Then the emotion is curiosity and I usually send up a prayer for whoever is in trouble.
It's interesting to me that the "big things" that probably should give me cause for concern do not bring fear, at least right now. I can read about Iran, Iraq, the Middle East situation, China, Russia, etc. and will perhaps feel a twinge of apprehension but otherwise, I rarely get afraid. However, let me hear that ships are on the way to the Persian Gulf from America and I do have a bit of apprehension. So, what is the difference?
Well, I guess it has a lot to do with growing up under the constant threat involved with the Cold War, that nukes are pointed our way. There's nothing I can do about it so the "big things" are cause for prayer and not worry. I truly believe we are seeing the puzzle pieces falling into place for a huge threat to our safety but I handle it by doing what preparations I can for my own family (which is not a lot right now but every little bit helps). I'm positive that is what led to my interest in emergency preparedness.
It is entirely for selfish reasons that the ships heading for the Persian Gulf bring more cause for concern. The cost of a gallon of gasoline has already risen a great deal where I live due to the "possibility" of having to get involved in the Middle East. My budget is already overwhelmed by how much groceries and gas have been going up in price. Living within farm country, I know the direct consequences of the rising oil costs...again...to our grocery bill.
It is the small things that often cause me the greatest fear. At least that is the way my personality and thinking work. I am normally calm about world events but put me on an elevator...immediate fear! I know it doesn't make sense, the threat of a terrorist attack in my town (which is very low) is more likely than getting caught in the elevator but tell that to the part of my brain that sends out adrenaline.
Here's what I am wondering this icy Sunday afternoon...how do you react to fear? Is it the big picture or the "little foxes" which cause you to become fearful?
Added Note: This post on the neat blog Life in the 10/40 Window has good scripture verses about fear (what timing!).