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“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”(Psalm 107:28-29)
Horror Movie. My favorite genre besides Sci-fi and Action.
I really love horror movies! Of course, excluding those that are not scary at all. Hehe.
When I was a kid, I could say I fear nothing. My mom told me that I’m braver than my brother. Imagine in my childhood, I was a fearless little girl. Not until I experienced sleep paralysis, it triggered all of my fears.
Do you know how it feels? Think of a thing that you are most afraid of. What are those? Think of it. If it doesn’t scare you, then it’s not your fear.
When you are having sleep paralysis, you’ll feel like you are awake and everything is real. There, you’ll face your scariest 3D horror movie. You cannot call for help because there will be no voice coming out from your mouth when you shout. And you are unaware that you are just dreaming until you wake up. What a hopeless situation!
All of us have greatest fears, whether young or not. When we fear something, we find ourselves hopeless and despairing in the face of fears. But the Bible tells us that fear should not be the reason for our hopelessness.
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping in a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38) but He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith?”.
Sometimes, we are like Jesus’ disciples. Even though we know that God is with us and that he will never leave us, when the storm of life came, we are easily shaken. We become terrified and forget that Jesus is with us. Remember, the presence of our fear does not affect the presence of the Lord our God, who alone could save us. Yes, we face many trials, but at the end of the day, Jesus goes with us even in our most fearful circumstances.
In the middle of trouble, do not be discouraged. We can overcome anything even our fears because Jesus overcame them on the cross. He will give us peace over any kind of storm. We just need to be still. He will strengthen us to face the situations that we are fearful today.
Until now I’m still having sleep paralysis, but every time I’m aware that I’ll be facing again my childhood fear, it does not scare me anymore. It is my greatest fear, but I just remember that God will give me much strength to face what bothers me. I know I cannot do it alone, but because God is with me, He is He, who gives me the courage to look at every situation that I fear the most. Just like the disciples, after the storm ceases, they have the fresh realization that the living God is in the boat with them.
So again, what is your greatest fear?
“Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”