Almost every communication between the Divine and us, fearful humans, begins with a bright flash of angel wings and the well-used phrase "Fear not."
While the simple command not to fear may look good on paper, it is much more difficult to apply waiting outside the intensive-care unit. The words may sound empty, uncompassionate, and even impossible, but we are forgetting who is telling us not to be afraid. God is no stranger to fear. Jesus wrestled with fear in the Garden of Gethsemane. It wasn’t imaginary scenarios or strange noises in the night that made Him sweat blood. It was the raw knowledge of the pain, separation, and gaping cavern of the second death that Christ faced. He faced and conquered not only the power of death, but the power of fear.