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Phobia’s Funny Bone—Phillip Cimei
“For God, did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NHEB
This was no ordinary Sunday dinner. My mother interrupted it with a leap up on the kitchen chair. Her bobcat like grace and manners befitting a raccoon startled me.
“Mom, what…– “
“Oh my…get it out…look…there!” A little mouse scurried frantically along the wall and vanished under the refrigerator.
Fear is debilitating at times, and at other times the catalyst that dethrones our dignity. I asked my mother, “Why are you so afraid of a little mouse?”
“As a child in England, while on the porcelain throne, a rat jumped up on my lap, over my shoulder, and into a hole in the wall”
I immediately understood. At age six, I ran into an enormous spider web—almost kissed a black and yellow banana spider. Funny to some, not me.
The scriptures encourage us to, “fear not, for I am with you…” Isaiah 41:10 NKJV, and “If God is for us, who (or what) can be against us…” Romans 8:31 KJV.
We think these verses only refer to fearing harm from enemies, persecution as God’s children, death or judgment. But as a parent comforts their child that wants the light left on at night, God will not ignore the smallest fear. Isaiah 41:13 NIV, states, “I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”
Of course, He might giggle a little if you have been inflicted with the dreaded Arachibutyrophobia, or better known as “fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth”.
Phillip Cimei lives in Hawaii with his wife of forty-nine years. They have seven children.
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