The Things I Fear
I am afraid of many things; indeed I have many fears.
Sometimes I fear what I can’t see or the sounds that I do hear.
I fear loud percussion thunderstorms rippling through the sky;
I also fear zigzag flashes of lightening searing through the night.
I fear snakes, lizards and all sorts of crawling and slithering reptiles
As well as spiders, ants and beetles creeping across the floor tile.
I can expel a harrowing scream if a bat flies in flapping its wings;
they swish like soft blades in the night
and I still hear him even when out of sight.
I also screamed, frightening my mother terribly
when stung by a buzzing, angry bumble bee.
I fear traveling in the winter in the freezing rain, drizzle or snow;
I also fear the screeching, howling wind as the harder it blows.
Sometimes I fear strange scratching noises and thumps in the night
For once in the darkness, a loud scraping branch gave me such a fright.
I fear large animals living and hiding in the woods and the land;
I take care to travel, walk and hike in safety as much as I can.
I fear unexpected accidents as I journey and wander along the way.
For once I was painfully injured when trapped in deep mud one fine day.
The muddy plain had behaved like sinking quicksand holding me fast
And taking all of my strength and might to pull free at long last.
I fear other people and the unkind comments they sometimes make
Trying their best to be hurtful and make sure I feel alone, not wanted, and unsafe.
Or they like to point out all of my flaws in life; for not one comment is enough
But must make certain that I know I am unworthy, and fully inadequate.
For then i may choose to hide myself and my feelings in a little room
where I feel safe from the world in my private and tiny cocoon.
Often I fear tomorrow; not knowing what it may bring.
I fear the mysterious future; being so unclear, so uncertain.
I fear trekking on this obscure and bumpy pathway through this road of life
Where darkness tries to overwhelm me and so I strain to see the light.
But no matter what I fear today in this life in its many uncertainties,
I know Jesus is in my heart and my future with him is hope and eternity.