Then the people of the region came out to see for themselves what had happened. When they came to where Jesus was, they discovered the notorious madman totally set free. He was clothed, speaking intelligently, and sitting at the feet of Jesus. They were shocked! Then eyewitnesses to the miracle reported all that they had seen and how the demonized man was completely delivered from his torment. After hearing about such amazing power, the townspeople became frightened. Soon all the people of the region of the Gerasenes and the surrounding country begged Jesus to leave them, for they were gripped with fear. (Luke 8:35)
This got me thinking that like a child, fear comes through uncertainty – in effect, we fear the unknown, we fear getting it wrong and suffering the consequence (and shame).
If we were faced with a ‘possessed madman’ as a child, we’d probably hide behind our mothers, or as we grow older, our friends or colleagues… we’d adopt their ways, their bravado, their swagger – but taking on a role isn’t believing it!
Only when we can can truly face the unknown can we begin to discover who we ‘really’ are in Christ.
Lord, please let me feel your calming Presence as we walk together today throughout all the ‘unknowns’. ❤️