There’s something so enticing as reading a good book, about getting wrapped up in another world. You know that a book is exceptional when your mind creates a visual image about the descriptions of the sights, sounds, and characters that the author weaves into the story. When an author writes well, we become swept up in a story and transported to other places that we may never experience for ourselves. Books explore and capture more information for the reader than a movie adaptation can ever do, because within those pages we can enter into the the minds of the characters and access their very thoughts and motivations. We can stretch our imagination through reading – remember imagination? We all had it when we were children, and for some reason, mine seemed to fade away as I grew up. We can return to favorite passages over and over to re-read and re-absorb the wisdom imparted in those words. You can’t do that with a movie or video. That’s probably one of the reasons why I get frustrated with the glut of information out on the internet that is only presented in videos. My husband often hears me saying, “I don’t want to watch your video, I want to read the story.” I want to read and absorb information in my own timing and when I am reading a book, I can do just that. Perhaps I’m a relic, perhaps I’m old school. Perhaps we’re moving to generations of people who prefer not to read – or maybe, we as a society are making them that way.
In my opinion the greatest piece of literature that was ever written was penned by an estimated 40 main contributing writers into 66 books over the period of thousands of years. Yet, it really was authored by one – God. The Bible offers us not only instruction on how to live most effectively, but some of the most fantastic stories about people, real people who lived through and witnessed some of the most amazing feats and miracles ever. We read about David facing the giant Goliath, and we can see the small shepherd boy standing there with his slingshot in hand while the over 9 foot tall giant taunts the Israelites. We can picture Daniel thrown into the lion’s den and the mouths of the ferocious hungry lions being shut by God. We can picture the Israelites crossing through the Red Sea on dry ground while God holds the mighty raging water back, and that water swallowing up the Egyptians as they pursue the former slaves.
The main difference between the Bible and other great literary pieces that exists is that this book is non-fiction. The events depicted happened, and some of the things that God did to rescue the people have plots that even the best movies could never equal.
So, we can believe what’s written in the Bible. If you believe in God, and believe in the Bible then you will take what it says seriously. That leads to this great truth – there are 365 passages in the Bible where God tells us that we should not be in fear, or be anxious, over things. That’s one message of do not fear/worry/be anxious for each day of a calendar year (minus the leap year day). A message for each and every day of the year directly from God. Do not fear, do not be anxious.
I know that it’s much easier said than done. God knows that we will worry, God knows that things will get us concerned. God knows of our nature to want to control things. However, the only one who has everything in control is God, He really does. Place your faith in God’s hands, He will not fail you. God will protect you. So do not fear! You can face the future bravely with God in your corner.
“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:5b-7, ESV)