If you displayed any sign of fear---the torture tripled! Their amusement was heightened by screams, tears, and running. I learned to be stone faced and show no fear to stem the tide of plots to terrify.
Thankfully I grew up--and got over my childhood fears. Those fears were replaced with an entire new set of terrors fueled by the media, scary movies, and reading suspense stories. My imagination would be shifted into overdrive after seeing a warning of potential attacks in parking lots, bizarre kidnap schemes revealed in books, and movies where the main character turned out to be dead. The super fantasy epics such as the chain saw massacres did not faze me--too bizarre to be true. The realities of the evil which lurks in the day to day of our real world--that can cause me to quiver and quake-- was enough to induce nightmares.
And then there are the demons which torture my dreams and thoughts--the terror of loneliness, betrayal, financial set backs--a long list of the horrible scenarios of the what if's. What if my old house has major foundation problems? What if I become sick? What if the 90 year old huge tree falls on my house. What if----fill in the blank. The demons of fear, anxiety and worry are enough to drive the most sane over the edge of reason.
The fact is there will be setbacks--things do happen---the seemingly unbearable--insurmountable-- potentially defeating occurrences we all experience may indeed occur. Most of us will experience one of our worst fears at some point in our life. But what good is worry---does our anxiety of the possible guarantee not experiencing our worst nightmares or does it guarantee they will happen?
I love the scripture which tells us to worry not about tomorrow--but live in today. Worry and being anxious will not stop the firestorms of life. Sitting around obsessing about things which may never happen is a waste of time and energy. Live in the present--relish the joy of the moment--and let tomorrow take care of itself. Deny the monsters and demons control of your thoughts and emotions--instead trust the voice of reason which knows how much God loves you and His constant presence--even when the worst happens---He is here.
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
I Peter 5:7