Dear worried Christian,
I want to sing you a song. One you already know. The song is a reminder that no matter what we're afraid of, it's under God's control.
The song is silly, but so are Starbucks cups. There's no war on Christmas. You know that. Christmas won.
And though there is an actual current war, with bombings in Paris and people who want to kill Americans, Christmas still wins. We have nothing to fear. All our fears are like the boogeyman in that song, Frankencelery. Just look at that goofy mug. That's the face of fear from where you actually are -- seated in the heavenlies (look it up).
In the full VeggieTales episode, right before this song, Bob the Tomato takes frightened Junior Asparagus to the window to have him look at the stars. Bob says, "What do you see up there?"
And in my favorite line in all of VeggieTales history, Junior squeals, "MY CURTAINS!" I love the way he pronounces it like a true kid (CUR-dens!) and how it's such a kid thing to do, to see only my stuff.
Bob patiently points Junior's eyes toward the heavenlies, and tells him that's how big God is so there's no reason to be afraid. Of anything. He's right.
All our fears are Frankencelery. If we can see past our own stuff.
One of of our pastors says worry occupies the same place as hope, and you can only exercise one at a time. In both, you're asking "What if?" about an imagined future, but one's negative, one's positive.
What if a terrorist is among the refugees allowed into our country?
What if God turns a terrorist into a missionary? He can. Terrorist Saul became missionary Paul and wrote most of the New Testament.
What if the enemies of our country want to kill us?
What if God asks you to bless your enemies? He does. "Bless my enemies" is the fearless prayer of someone with a starry perspective.
Remember where you are, dear hopeful Christian. Here's your song:
more from this series: Beyond Our Tribes