As I sat and read in Daniel this morning, I found myself battling once again between the pit in my gut that is fear, and the first hand experience I constantly have with God's love.
I've spoken before about how easy I am to control with fear.
I grew up with 'end times' sermons being screamed from the pulpit and over-conservative adult relatives that monitored every word I spoke and move I made, and felt it their duty to constantly report to my parents.
I'm easily controlled with fear and intimidation.
Obviously now as an adult I understand that God never intended for that kind of misuse of scripture to be used to control people and especially not to terrify kids.
As I sit on my deck this morning, praising the Lord for who He is, I remember again that what God wants from me is to long to be with Him.
Instead of worrying about all the horrible sin and corruption I see all around me, it should point my focus toward Him - creating within me a longing I cannot suppress to spend eternity in His perfect presence.
This morning - with no news blaring from the TV, and newspapers laying in front of me - I worshipped Him, I longed for His return, and He gave me again the assurance that everything I see around me should be no surprise coming from those who are lost and simply seeking for what will satisfy them. And it will be so until He returns.
Despite the turmoil all around me, I sit in His peace this morning realizing this world is just a quickly passing jot in eternal time. He's given me a few years to serve Him, and I will continue to fight against my fear and the distractions and abide in Him - fully in He love.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1