GUEST: Stephanie McCall's The Fire of Fear
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and will deliver us.”
Let’s look at my two main characters as examples. Grace Taylor had to face life as a divorced woman, and the flames of fear constantly licked her heels. Could she raise her son alone? What would the people in church think of her? What if her abusive husband came back, looking to steal her son and her peace?
Meanwhile, Chris Anderson had his own reasons to be afraid. His fire was past—he’d made it through a school shooting and his foray into an addiction to a trauma drug. Yet, fear whispered at him, too. What if his PTSD never improved? What if the temptation of drugs became too strong to resist? Could he trust himself to take care of children ever again?
Both these characters faced the torment of fear just like real Christians do. I wonder what fears my readers are facing right now. Some of them might have lost their jobs, and their minds and hearts jumped straight to foreclosure. Maybe someone was just diagnosed with cancer, and so afraid of death that he or she doesn’t want to enjoy life anymore. I’ll even share some of my own fears—the fear of being insignificant to everyone. Of failing at everything I do. I used to battle the fear of being institutionalized because of my cerebral palsy, and sometimes, that fear still comes back.
God knows this. He also knows our fears are real. He doesn’t belittle us for them, because He faced them, too. If “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me” wasn’t spoken from amid fiery fear, I don’t know any statement that was. However, God does promise that amid the fear, He will stand strong with and for us. Satan intends to use our fear for evil, to so cripple us with it that our spirits will hide in dark corners instead of fighting back. Yet, as the Bible constantly reminds us, God intends that we “Fear not!” Instead, because of His Spirit, ours can rise, quench the flames with the water of truth, and emerge victorious.
About the author: Stephanie McCall is an English teacher with two Master of Arts degrees from Western Carolina University, one of which has a professional writing concentration. She also has a B.A. in Religious Studies. She lives in North Carolina with her parents and younger brother, where she enjoys reading, writing (and discussing her writing), and participating in Bible studies, prison ministry, and her church’s drama team. Her favorite Scripture is Jeremiah 29:11. Connect with Stephanie on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stephaniemccallauthor
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