Not of Fear

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It was mid-morning when I was about to begin photographing an event.

As I waited for it to begin, I was noticing the surroundings, as I often do.

A bright blue bird caught my eye as he came to rest on a fence in the distance.

He would stay there only a moment or so, then fly down to the ground and back up again onto the fence.

Not recognizing what type of bird I was seeing, I asked someone about it.

It was an Eastern Bluebird.

I certainly don’t know the habits of such a bird, but I was able to observe one for just a little while.

When he flew to the fence, he would come to rest near twisted wires poking out to the top.

With great accuracy, he didn’t allow his little feet or his delicate body to be hurt by the sharp metal points.

He was close to them, but he avoided true contact, seemingly with confidence.

Am I like that bird?

I don’t know.

If I know I should be on the fence, do I worry and focus on the spiky wires, wasting time just gazing at them?

Or do I just go right up to the safe place on the fence and commit to avoid the wires?

2 Timothy 1:7 reads,

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

What fences might God be asking me to stand on today?

Which ones might He be asking you to stand on?

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