Fear is the anticipation of future pain. Because of this anticipation (which may or may not be real) are our fears are unmet, or unfaced. Fear then shrinks our sense of identity of who we are in Christ, it contracts us. The word worry is derived from the word strangle. Fear strangles us! So we take false refuge, by trying to control it like Adam and Eve hiding in the Garden of Eden, by not taking risks like the servant in the story of the talents, who hid his talent. Or we lash out, like Saul who chased his rival David for years, or in our society where we have addictions of over-consumption. But we can discover the freedom within fear, by either leaning into it, or pausing and finding a space within it to remind ourselves that nothing separates us from the love of God. Invite someone today to take a closer look at Christ and his church.