20 Feb

Harry said nothing.  He had been trying to keep fear at bay ever since reaching the Burrow, but now it enveloped him, seeming to crawl over his skin, throbbing in his chest, clogging his throat. — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Whatever you think of Harry Potter, doesn’t J.K. Rowling do an amazing job describing how fear sometimes shoots through us?  I think it’s very similar to what the disciples experienced in Mathew 14:26:

When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

The word terrified means:

1) to agitate, trouble (a thing, by the movement of its parts to and fro)

a) to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb his equanimity

b) to disquiet, make restless

c) to stir up

d) to trouble

1) to strike one’s spirit with fear and dread

e) to render anxious or distressed

f) to perplex the mind of one by suggesting scruples or doubts

The disciples apparently felt much like Harry did.  And we’ve probably all felt that way as well at one time or another.  What is the solution?  Recognizing Jesus’s presence in the situation.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (v. 27)

Harry didn’t have the resource, but we do.  We have Jesus Christ in us to call upon in every situation.  Take courage.  He is there.  Don’t be afraid.

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