Don’t Believe the Fear

With what is happening in Japan and Libya, I thought it would be a good time to share a dream I had a few years ago.
I was watching a group of people standing in what looked like an open hull of a boat. I stood off to the side. They were putting on protective gear to protect from bioterrorism. The gear covered them from head to toe. They were putting on helmets. As they put on the helmets, I wondered if I should be getting dressed also. I heard a voice say to me, “Don’t believe the fear”. As I woke up in the morning I thought that was a really cool dream.
I went downstairs and turned on the radio. The headline story was of the London subway terrorist attack. I thought immediately of the dream and counted back the hours. The subway attack occurred at the same time as the dream! And, I had heard a voice say, “Don’t believe the fear”.
The events in Japan are tragic. It is a nation in grief because of the number of losses. The implications of the radiation are unknown and horrifying. I can’t imagine the fear and grief the Japanese people must be feeling as well as the daily hardship. They truly have something to be fearful of.
However, even there, what benefit is there to fear? They still have to do what they have to do. They still have to put one foot in front of another, get through one more minute, and get through one more day. No one knows how this story will end, but eventually it will. Maybe this is where the fear is not to be believed; in how the story will actually end and in the miracles that come about in the meantime.
Those of us who are not there can pray for them.

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