Some people have no fear of riding in a car as long as they are behind the wheel. But they nearly fall apart when someone else is driving.
One such person described her problem in a newspaper advice column. She said she gets nervous while riding with friends. Her anxiety increases when they disregard stop signs and look at her when they talk, especially if she’s sitting in the back seat. She even finds herself or her children in the hands of other drivers.
That woman’s anxiety is understandable. Careless drivers cause accidents. In a world of traffic and tragedy we need to protect ourselves and those we love. We should do all we can to avoid unnecessary risks. But we’re wrong if we think that by our own strength and caution we can prevent our fears from being realized.
There’s only one solution to this problem. Do your best to please God, and then rely on Him for the outcome. Use your energy to be the kind of person the heavenly Father wants you to be. Above all, don’t think you are the only one who can be trusted. We won’t feel that we have to be in control when we are sure that God is in control. – Martin R. De Haan II
Into His hands I lay the fears that haunt me,
The dread of future ills that may befall;
Into His hands I lay the doubts that taunt me,
And rest securely, trusting Him for all. – Christiansen
To take fear out of living, put your faith in the living God.
- December 31, 1991, Our Daily Bread