Faith does not take away fear. Instead, faith offers the assurance that God is the Unseen Third Presence in the boat, no matter how small your boat may be or how big your ocean is. There are a tremendous number of things that try to swamp our boat: seas of cancer; storms of grief; tidal waves of pandemic restrictions; monsoons of contrasting information about politics, race, or the environment; waterfalls of worry about family or career or money; or simply the streams of things that go bump in the night. Do we, can we, will we, still love God, trust God, hope in God amid life’s dreadful calamities? When fear, like a tiger, leaps into our boat, faith reminds us that God is there to keep us upright.
- Acts 4:5-12