The devil appeared at the local supermarket one Saturday morning. He stood there by the main entrance looking menacingly and threatening. All the shoppers panicked. They escaped through every available emergency exits, jumped into their cars and drove off at speed.
All except for one shopper. A small, short man, standing there by his shopping trolley holding a long shopping list in his hand.
The devil advanced towards the small man and said angrily: “Do you know who I am?”
“Yes … I do” replied the shopper.
“Aren’t you afraid of me like all the others?” asked the devil.
“No … I’ve been married to your sister for 25 years!”
OK … joke over. Now for the serious stuff.
Isn’t it a shame that we waste so much time afraid of one thing or another instead of sitting down comfortably and confronting our fears? More often than not, when we analyze what is really “bugging us”, what is making us so hesitant and cautious we find that our problem is not so insurmountable after all.
Do not be afraid – I will save you. I have called you by name – you are mine. Isaiah 43:1