A recent story from the baseball world brought a sigh of relief to the much-maligned sport. In the recent draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted a former college player who was paralyzed while sliding into second base. You can read that story here. When I was a pastor at another church, one of the young men was paralyzed from his neck down (with very limited arm movement) as a result of diving into a shallow lake. Who can forget the story of a teenage Joni (Erickson) Tada, who has been paralyzed for over 4 decades? Paralysis is not a good thing to read about, or to wish on your worst enemy.
But there is another kind of paralysis also. It is the paralysis caused by fear. Many are so “numbed” by their fear they can’t move. I think of Indy Jones’ comment: “Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” For many, though, their fear is much deeper than a snake or a spider. For a list of phobias, go here.
Some people are literally paralyzed by their fear. They can’t move. They can’t think. They can’t function. Someone has done a study of adult fears and says most fall into four categories:
Fear of Loss. Loss of a spouse. A Child. A job. Financial security. The list goes on.
Fear of Failure. Many won’t get “off the dime” for fear of failing. “I can’t” is big. Or “I don’t think I can.”
Fear of Rejection. No one wants to feel unwanted.
Fear of the Unknown. In reality, we can all relate to this. Who does know the future except for God (and He ain’t telling)?
My sermon Sunday will be a study of Psalm 27, which is chock-full of good stuff. Rather than give you a breakdown, I’d suggest you read it for yourself. I would appreciate your prayers for Sunday. Thanks.
Do you have any fears? I don’t have any glaring ones that paralyze me, but I prefer not to be in a car accident where there is a fire, not do I want to experience a tornado. How’s that for skirting the issue?