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AARP Magazine: Fear Not

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He said to them,
“Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the
winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. —Matthew 8:26

Denis
Boyles knew it would be challenging to interview a man on a roller
coaster—especially when the interview took place during an attempt to
set a world’s record for continuous riding. After several times around the
track, Denis was so overcome with fear he could hardly talk.

Then
the man showed him how to use his body and feet to lean into the loops, twists,
and turns. Writing in AARP Magazine, Boyles explained how that took away
the terror. It also taught him a lesson about risk and fear. The roller coaster
felt risky though it was quite safe. But driving his car to the
amusement park posed a far greater risk of injury. Risk and fear are easily
confused.

As
Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee, a storm came up and waves
swept over their boat. Incredibly, Jesus was asleep. The disciples woke Him and
said, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” (Matt. 8:25). In a gentle rebuke,
Jesus asked, “‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and
rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm” (v.26).

Like the disciples,
the more we learn about Jesus, the more we trust Him. Our greatest risk is
failing to depend on Him when life seems out of control.   — David C. McCasland

But we see Jesus!
Oh, what peace!
What balm for troubled heart!
His very name brings rest and calm
And bids the fears depart! —Adams

Keep your eyes on
Jesus and you’ll soon lose sight of your fears.

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