“Fear is a strange thing.” – Jack, “Lost” Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot
Don’t hate me when I say that I never watched a single episode of “Lost” before today. I never was one who got into the trends that everyone else was. I never cared too much about the popular brands, or the popular shows. I liked what I liked and that was that.
That being said, today was the first time I ever watched “Lost.” Thanks to Netflix.
I was really struck by this first episode. Especially the quote listed above: “Fear is a strange thing.” Fear is a strange thing.
Fear cripples people.
Fear holds people hostage.
Fear slows people down.
Fear causes any myriad of emotions.
In this episode we see fear in several ways.
Kate is afraid of what’s happened, she’s afraid to hurt Jack while she sews him up.
The oriental couple become reclusive, the man telling the woman she’s not to leave his sight, not to talk to anyone else.
The woman in the flash back is afraid of flying, and we see her in fear as the turbulence gets worse.
Fear keeps Boone’s sister from moving from her spot, eating anything. “They’re coming” she says.
They are afraid of the noises and the moving they keep hearing and seeing in the jungle.
In our own lives, outside of planes falling from the sky and being stranded on an island, we fear a lot. People are afraid of the dark, spiders, snakes, heights, there are phobias for just about anything you can imagine.
It’s a universal emotion.
The disciples were afraid when they saw Jesus walking on the water.
Jonah was afraid to follow God’s command to go to
Moses was afraid of God’s call.
Countless people, countless times in the Bible, people were afraid.
The word “fear” is in the Bible approximately 400 times. The Bible tells us not to fear, in so many or not so many words, approximately 365 times. The Bible tells us to fear and love the Lord. People in the Bible were afraid of Jesus walking on the water to them. They were afraid of storms, angels coming to them, and of doing God’s work.
If we lived our lives in constant fear, what would we miss out on? If we constantly feared failure, would we ever attempt anything? If we constantly feared rejection, would we ever have friends? If we constantly feared, would we not be missing out on a life well lived?
What a comfort it is to know that the Lord our God is ALWAYS with us! What a comfort it is to know that because of Christ we do not need to be afraid! What fear is keeping you from doing God’s will?
I can’t help but be thankful that when I am afraid God is with me. I can’t help but be thankful that I don’t have to live in fear when I trust that God is strong when I am weak. Following Christ means I don’t have to be afraid because HE is always with me!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6