Youth Digest – 05.26.20

R. H. and I have been dreaming about the next time we can go on a vacation because, like most of you, we are not sure if our family vacation will happen this year. We are craving an ocean breeze and waves lapping at our feet. While dreaming about a vacation, we spent some time reminiscing about past vacations and time spent at the beach. This conversation really got my thinking deep thoughts about the ocean. While in this conversation, I turned to R. H. and said “I think I understand the term ‘Fear the Lord’ a little better now, if I think about the ocean.”

I have a deep fascination for the ocean, but being in the ocean makes me very nervous. I love watching the National Geographic shows about the coral reefs and other ocean life. I could sit and stare at the ocean for hours. I respect how important it is for our world and how it responds to our dry-land world. Even with all the resources on this planet, there is still so much for us to learn and discover about the ocean. However, you’ll be very lucky to actually see me in the ocean. I have a very deep respect for all the creatures that call the ocean their home, and I don’t need to get up close to let them know; I can do that from the beach!

I don’t think I would describe my feeling toward the ocean as feelings of fear, at least not in the typical definition, but that’s exactly what it is. I have a fear of the ocean, but I am not afraid of it. I know that seems like an oxymoron, but this is what helped me understand what it means to fear the Lord.

I have a deep respect for God and all that He does for me and the world around me. The Bible is full of amazing God stories for us to study and learn from. I love hearing stories from people about how they are able to see God in their lives. I could very easily sit in worship for hours, just soaking in God’s presence. With all the resources we have to learn and grow in our relationships with God, there is always more to learn. We can fear the Lord and not be afraid of the Lord.

This week, I want to challenge you to think about what it means to fear the Lord, while you too might be dreaming about your next family vacation.

Tanya Karn