What Time I am Afraid

What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.

Independence Day has passed. Summer is in full swing. Though not really. Few folks are traveling, and if they are, it is mostly locally. This is good for the museum where I work. Problem is, not many folks are out and about.

Our museum just opened July 1st. We usually open the first of April. It is going to be a short season for us. Short and quiet it seems. Some of the docents are not returning for fear of the virus. I am sorry for their fear, but I understand. I especially understand when one does not know Jesus.

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. I Corinthians 1:18.

The worries and concerns are real for our little museum. The virus is not the only thing that frets our administrator. The rise in minimum wage is another huge factor for us. This is a concern for every small business trying to get by. It is easy to feel like the cards are stacked against us.

So, what do we do? What can we do?

We re-evaluate, re-arrange, re-schedule, and for believers, most important we pray. That sounds so useless in today’s world of unbelievers. But for the believer it is the power of God. For the believer it is our strength, our fortitude, our rest. The believer knows Who has the power, and Who is in control, and we are not ashamed. Conversely, we are strengthened. Our hope rises far beyond what little man can do, and rises to the Throne of all hope and glory. Therefore, come what may, we shall not be moved.

Does that mean we are not frightened? What a joke, of course not. But we believe God’s promises to His people. So we pray (and believe) first, then carry on.

It has been said that ‘believing’ is one of the hardest things about Christianity. Consider this, every time we get in the car we believe we will arrive at our destination. Every time we sit in a chair, we believe it will support us. We believe we will receive our pay for our jobs. We trust our feet will carry us through the day. We trust our home will be safe while we are away from it during the day.

We practice belief and trust much more than we think in the course of a normal day. So why is it so hard to trust and believe God? That is a question you must ask yourself. Ask Jesus to help you. He is ready to hear your plea. We have not because we ask not. Once trust and belief has been placed in Him, the ‘foolishness’ of trusting in man becomes very clear.

Billy Graham said it very well many years ago, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.”

So as we go forward in this summer season, I pray you would look to Jesus for strength, comfort, and guidance. Even if you do not believe, talk to Him. Taste and see that He is there. The fear I see and hear in my friends and neighbors is real. These times as of late are frightful. Jesus is real too, and larger than any of our fears. Ask Him for help and strength, and tell your heart over and over: