Words do silly things:
The noun “Apprehension” is defined as “a fear or anxiety about something.”
The verb “to Apprehend” is defined as “to take hold of,” “to come into possession of.”
BUT, no one wants to apprehend [come into possession of] apprehension [fear and anxiety]!
We want to shed it, overcome it, to remove the anxieties and fears that haunt us. To be rid of it and live on a higher plane. We would love to throw all our anxieties into a bottomless pit and banish them forever.
How can this be done?
This past year has created all sorts of apprehension among us humans in all stages and walks of life. The pandemic, the economy, shutdowns, elections, sickness, and loss of life, have assaulted our hearts with fears, doubts, insecurities – apprehensions.
To apprehend is to face the causes of apprehension and willfully overcome them.
We have been hurt physically, mentally, emotionally, economically, relationally, and spiritually. Some of us may have considered dropping out permanently. Life deals tough blows. But here we are. Still moving forward. Still looking for light, relief, peace, belonging and joy.
Hope requires a decision (actually, repeated decisions), but willpower alone is not enough. We need help from outside ourselves. We can receive this help from trusted friends, relatives, counselors, and most of all, our Loving Father, the Royal Son, and the Resident Advocate (Eph. 1:3-14).
God wants to relate with us honestly, with integrity. Look at how David approached Him. “Be gracious to me, Adonai, because I am withering away; heal me, Adonai, because my bones are shaking…I am worn out with groaning; all night I drench my bed with tears…Adonai has heard the sound of my weeping, Adonai has heard my pleading, Adonai will accept my prayer.” Psa. 6:2,6,8,9 (Complete Jewish Bible). Wherever we find ourselves, be genuine with God.
A most incredible truth in the universe is that God “hearts” each one of us.
Let us encourage one another in this journey; assist each other along the way. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Pride gets us nowhere. It is up to us as individuals, families, communities, churches, etc. to turn the noun into the verb, for ourselves and for others.
More will be written about this in the next two weeks. Hope is not a flimsy feeling; Biblical hope is a most powerful, transformational force.
The first follow-up post is here: https://heardivinewords.com/2020/12/24/deity-hearts-you-me-everyone/
Let’s overcome apprehension by fully apprehending hope!