Unease, worry, anxiety, dread, and horror…
These are all synonyms for the word fear. Seems strange to me. In my opinion there is a big difference between unease and horror.
Perhaps something happens and you start out feeling uneasy and sometimes, thankfully, it ends there. The situation calms down, a solution is found and there isn’t a need for another word.
Unfortunately, at times unease can build to worry, anxiety, dread and even horror.
Many things come to mind that might cause such a response… bills you can’t pay, a loss of a job, an illness, a divorce or the death of someone who lights your world. This list is endless.
As I describe these scenarios I feel my emotions build just imagining the pain. So I am going to switch gears and switch them fast! I want to talk about another set of synonyms…
Harmony, tranquility, quiet, stillness….all wonderful words that mean PEACE.
Today I want to encourage you to read Matthew 8:23-27 in any version you wish. I have chosen the NIV. The NIV is special to me because it was the version of the bible that I owned when I first met Jesus. I have absolute faith that no matter the version God can speak to you in the moment you need to hear his voice.
Please read below and then I’ll pick back up afterwards.
Matthew 8:23-27 NIV
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Can you even IMAGINE? A storm sweeping over a boat you are in? I am sure your synonym for fear would be on the side of HORROR not merely unease. Don’t you think?
Are you currently going through something that makes you afraid? Do you need someone to calm your storm and save you?
Just remember that at a moments notice God can speak the word to save you. If he choses to let you go through the storm please remember he’s in the boat with you!
I am praying for you today. I don’t know your name but God does. He knows the storm you are in and he is holding your hand.