“It is I. Do not be afraid.”

In a world of doubts and uncertainty, it is easy to be afraid, to be anxious about tomorrow and to worry about the many imponderables in life. Anything could go wrong any moments. Life could take a nasty turn for the worse at any moment, in the blink of an eye. And yet, life moves on always getting better with each passing day. I strain my ears to hear the voice the tells me, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”

But much of life is often ordinary and sometimes boring – more often than it is catastrophic or problematic. Lethargy can sometimes linger for days life a boat adrift in a vast, windless and humid ocean with no even a single wave or ripple to break the monotony. During such moments, even a bad turn of events seems welcome compared to the ennui. Still, in midst of all that stillness and sameness, I strain my ears to hear the the voice that assures me of the richness of life, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”

 I remember my happy and winning moments in the past. Many of these I did not deserve. They were pure gift. There were many things I did with confidence because of that constant voice that assured me, “It is I. Do not be afraid.” Sometimes, I did things because I did not know any better. But things worked out well anyway because of my Constant Companion.

Still in all, my life has been more exciting than boring, more blessed that cursed, more laughter than tears, more rainbows and sunshines than storms and disasters. There are times I feel guilty receiving so much so undeservedly. I worry and wonder what the catch is or what cost I would have to pay later. But there is this incessant voice that tells me that there is no catch and that I have all of these because He loves me, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”

Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
~ Psalm 33

When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.
John 6:16-21

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