She stands alone each morning in the school yard taking her children to school, arriving just before the bell rings. Although she is polite, she doesn’t interact much with the rest of us. Her dress and demeanor help her to stand out, help the rest of us to identify that she is a pious woman of God. The child in our classroom is bright and cheerful, full of energy, but they are rarely allowed to join the rest of us after school in the park or other activities outside of school.
Her God is important to her, and so are her beliefs. She has such strong conviction against the ways of our secular society, she doesn’t want herself or her children to be polluted by it’s ideologies. The only other women she speaks to are those who look and act like herself. I can only guess what goes on in her home, but I assume her home, like her life, revolves around her God and her prayers.
If you are reading this in America you probably recognize this woman an extremely devout christian mother, the kind you find in many churches. The type of mom who won’t let their children watch anything but veggie tales and abhors the thought of her child reading Harry Potter. Yet no, this is not an American mom, she is a nameless Islamic woman in London. She is just like her American counterpart, both equally afraid of the influence of the other on her children and way of life.
Fear. Some say “Love Makes The World Go Round,” but they are wrong. It is fear. There is always something to be afraid of, and someone will always use that fear to isolate a population, to ignite a country, and to keep a society in check. Fear is the greatest enemy.
As a christian I have read a lot about fear, spent much time studying fear and it’s effects on my life. Quite recently I have had my own battle with fear and worry and have been shown that God does not desire this in my life. Remembering the woman above has given me insight into the real dangers of fear, how it isolates us from one another. The truth be told: Everyone Fears something.
In a world which seems increasingly polarized, I think it is important to look at the big picture. The one uniting factor is that we are all afraid. I am terrified each day by the devolving political situation not only in the US, but in the western world. What will increasing economic and political hardship mean for me, for my family? I am powerless to effect change, and this creates an escalation of worry within me. What am I to do?
The only thing I can.
My God is there for me, even if I am not perfect. He is there, and He is waiting to lift me up and cover me with the Spirit of Peace, the kind of all encompassing peace only God can provide. You can counter the spirit of worry and fear with the spirit of Peace. Ask God to lead you, to provide for you only what He can. Below are a couple of verses to get you started.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:6-7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
God Loves You! He only wants what is best for you. He has provided you a way to the kind of everlasting peace you were meant for, you need only ask Him.