Is your boat rockin’? Mine’s been shaky lately. I realized that something was on board that I didn’t want there. Fear. A nasty, anxiety-ridden feeling that creeps up when we least expect it. A lot of times, we don’t even identify it as fear, but that’s exactly what it is. Jesus knew this. He told us many times in His Word not be afraid. As I type, I think, “Ok, God….” with a teenage-like eyeroll. And while we’re at it, “Don’t be discouraged” right? Pbbbbbbbffffffffllllllllllt. (*Insert your own noise here.) I’ll admit it. I’m afraid and discouraged today. Afraid that my plan isn’t His. Afraid that more babies will leave this earth even after we’ve prayed. Discouraged that wonderful, beautiful people are sick. Afraid that what I ask for won’t be given to me in the manner I feel I deserve. Discouraged that all of my hard work will wind up unnoticed. Afraid that God will see my pride. My stomach turns as I ponder that one. God finds pride revolting and that’s the society we live in. People are so proud of themselves and their “accomplishments,” sure that they’ve gotten where they are on their own. Celebrities boast of the beginnings they pulled themselves out of while businessmen sit, staring out a huge office searching for the next big ticket item to purchase. Pride runs rampant and it’s running through our daily lives right next to fear. We are afraid we won’t be right. “What if God doesn’t listen to OUR plan? It’s a great one! It will all work out if He’ll JUST let us have the reins for a bit, won’t it?” Isaiah 2:12 lets us know that God has a day in store for those who are proud and “lofty”, that they will be humbled. Check in with your Creator today to see where He thinks you are in the loft-department. Replace proud fear with a lofty expectation that God knows what He’s doing today and as cliche as it may sound, we can trust Him and His plan. It’s the very best one.