As of today, there is no widespread outbreak - at least not of the dreaded virus.
But there is another kind of outbreak - an invasion of FEAR. It's on the news; it's in personal messages; it's a topic of conversation in coffee shops and supermarket check out lines.
Some thoughts about the nature of fear may be helpful.
Fear is a lot like darkness. You don't 'fight' with darkness; you flip the light switch. By turning to a scientifically proven essence - light - you automatically do away with the darkness. Even a child can understand that darkness is not a 'thing' in itself; it is the absence of Light.
Fear is very similar. Trying to fight fear only focuses your attention on the very thing you want to avoid. So what to do? Is there a 'switch' I can flip?
To be sure, there is a good fear; the kind that alerts you to danger and teaches you wisdom for living. There is the fear of change; the fear of taking a risk. Overcoming this kind of fear causes growth and opens doors of possibility. Uncertainty is, and always has been, a necessary prerequisite for progress.
But what of the fear that debilitates, that paralyzes?
In early 1933, America was in the grip of the Great Depression and severe hardship was demoralizing the nation. In the opening lines of his first inaugural address, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke the immortal words, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Ten million Americans heard his straightforward confrontation with the emotional paralysis that was handicapping the nation. His proclamation shifted the national consciousness. The realization that FEAR itself was a greater enemy than the frightening and trying conditions in the country restored a sense of hope to a discouraged and despondent nation.
It is no different today.
The God of our forefathers is the same today as He was in the past and as He will be in the future. Conditions change; He doesn't.
The opposite of FEAR is not bravery; the opposite of FEAR is FAITH.