On the way home from church last night, one of my fascinating children talked about being afraid a year ago watching fireworks on July 4. I’m still interested in knowing how they understand fear, and I was particularly fascinated to wonder why this memory was brought up at that time. (We were merely looking at and talking about all the ball field lights across the city as we drove home.)
I agreed that fireworks could be scary (I don’t ever want them to feel silly talking about their fears to me).
I told them about being afraid of fireworks when I was a little girl. (empathy)
Then I asked if King David was ever afraid. Do you know how they answered?
No! [in a “silly mommy” tone of voice] Their answer tells me that they still don’t understand what bravery is.
Once again I reminded them that King David is the one who wrote: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Psalm 56:3).
I’m starting to wonder though, whether I’m making it too simple. Sometimes fear can be a problem. God says he “has not given us the spirit of fear,” for example. We are also told not to worry, which is a form of fear. We are told several times directly to “fear not.” And I’m curious because I asked myself what the Bible word for brave is. Is it trust? I looked up these words in Bible Gateway and didn’t find much help. Any thoughts?