“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
I think many women have a tendency to fear and to worry. It’s just a part of who we are. We may have witnessed a terrible tragedy that makes us more fearful for the safety of our own family. We may have stressors and worries in our life that cause us to be fearful. Is fear itself a sin? I don’t think so. It’s a natural emotion that many of us have.
We fall into this very easily. It’s easy to get lost in the fear itself, it grips us and we stagger to try and control our situations so that fear can not creep in. A few years ago, a friend of mine confessed that she was struggling with fear. She had heard from a friend whose husband was killed in a car accident shortly after they were married. She mourned with her friend, but was also gripped with fear. With three weeks until her own wedding, she was terrified that her soon to be husband would be taken from her. Every time he left her, she was afraid. After they were married, if he would run to the store to pick up some groceries, she was afraid. The fear controlled her.
After several months, she found she was making herself sick with fear and worry. She came to me asking what she should do. Little did she know that I also was struggling with fear, and had similar thoughts and worries over my own family. All I could do was pray with her, and share something that had been shared with me.