A tightening in the gut, faster heartbeat, and unfocused thinking are all symptoms of the emotion called fear. I know them well. My favorite fears are severe weather events, unexplained illnesses in myself or those I know, car failure, and unforeseen money shortfalls. I don't fear talking in front of strangers, needles, water, or failure. I suppose I'm normal.
Yesterday, while preparing the song "Amazing Grace" with my granddaughter on the piano I read the words to her. She wanted to know what fear of God was. I explained that sometimes the word fear means respect. To fear God means to respect his opinion, his ways, his view of life and never take him for granted. I should develop a stronger fear of God. I certainly fear coming before him unclean. That would bring on the tightening in my gut, the faster heartbeat, and the unfocused thinking. This makes me think that feeling fear might be a healthy thing. Warning; the events coming up might not be so nice. Try repentance as the antidote.
I write on Fridays with a large group who inspire me. Only five minutes and without much thought to perfection. I write, prompted by one word that sends my thoughts to the keyboard and hopefully make sense.
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