These past few months, my 6-year-old daughter and I have been listening to Kristene DiMarco’s song, “Fear Not.” It has practically become our morning anthem… our ‘get-up-and-go’ song before heading out the door for work and school. Here are a few of the lyrics:
Let Me show you what I see
You can’t dream too big for Me
So get up, get on your way
We’ve got things to do today
If I could say it any louder, I would
As we’ve been preparing our hearts this Advent season, I’ve thought a lot about the gift of grace we receive through the birth of God’s son… but also, I’ve thought about what Christ’s coming means for those who may feel unworthy or unlikely.
When the angel Gabriel came to Mary, some of the very first words he said to her were “do not be afraid.”
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” (Luke 1:30-33)
What in the world was Mary thinking? Can you imagine! Here Mary was… honestly, wasn’t she the most unlikely person to be chosen to carry the Son of God? She was young. She wasn’t married. She was poor. By society’s standards then, (and even now!) she would be considered utterly unqualified.
Fast forward to the angel speaking to a group of shepherds on a hillside near Bethlehem. What does the angel also say to them then? That’s right: Fear not, guys!
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)
The enemy loves to put fear, doubt, worry, and anxiety into our minds. It is Satan’s strongest attempt at robbing us of our joy then derailing us from the awesome plans and good things God has in store for our lives. (Jeremiah 29:11) So many times, Satan has brought up my insecurities or reminded me of my past mistakes. Satan knows my weaknesses and he uses those things against me. The doubt and guilt and unworthiness creep in — making me feel as though I don’t deserve the ultimate best from God. So, I remain fearful and I shrink back.
But what did God send His only Son to earth to remind me, to remind us?
If I could say it any louder, I would
The shepherds’ fear was turned to great joy when they heard that our Savior was born.
The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them. (Luke 2:20)
Isn’t that overwhelming to read? Their fear, doubt, and worry were all turned to instant joy! Why? Because they knew the Messiah had come to rescue the world.
Our God looks down on us —in our mess, in our imperfections, in our mistakes —when we think we are unworthy, unlovable, unredeemable, or even when we think that we are completely unseen… God sees us. Because He sees us and loves us so much, our Heavenly Father overflowed the earth with His unstoppable, unconditional, unfailing love and mercy and goodness by sending His Son to be the Savior of mankind.
That same God continues to whisper this ever so gentle reminder to our hearts now — “Fear not. The battle is already won. The victory is yours. ‘You can’t dream too big for Me. So get up, get on your way. We’ve got things to do today.’”
Ginny Lauren Hulette is our iCampus Director and Public Relations Manager. She is a full-time mother of a precocious, fearless, and funny 6-year-old little girl named Rosalyn. Ginny Lauren attended the University of Arkansas, earning her Masters in Journalism and degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Communications. Before First Dallas, Ginny Lauren worked in the newsroom as a reporter and morning anchor. She loves being able to share the gospel through media and storytelling on the iCampus!