"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." I read this today. In Isaiah 43.
Lately I have been struggling with knowing that these words are for me. I've been holding back from bringing my fears and pains to Him. Logically, I know this is truth. But I tell myself that my sin gets in the way or the burdens I wrestle with are not really that important or hearing me ache about the same issue over and over again is becoming monotonous for Him.
Ha. What a bunch of lies. None of that is true. He commands us to fear not, and not only does He cover us and the darkness in our flesh, but He names us as His beloved. He calls us His own. I am His alone. There is no need to fear fear because all of it has fled with this great and vivid light that is His love.
I am learning what this looks like. Sometimes I think these verses are just abstract ideas for people who are living fairly perfect, more faithful, or less sinful lives than me. I don't let myself feel protected by the promises.
But I am. These words do apply to me. And I am immensely thankful for it.