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Futile Phobia

Futile Phobia

Do you have a phobia? Almost everyone I know has at least one, and while I was surfing the web recently, I stumbled upon a phobia list that was quite enlightening, and strangely humorous to me. The list contains some fairly common ones like arachnephobia, the fear of spiders and aviophobia, the fear of flying, but there are literally hundreds of phobias that people experience that I hadn’t heard of or even thought could exist. Here are just a few:

Didaskaleinophobia, the fear of going to school. (My mother would probably have claimed that I actually suffered from this during my elementary years.)

Euphobia, the fear of hearing good news.

Lachanophobia, the fear of vegetables.

Trichophobia, the fear of hair. Apparently my own head has this phobia, because it has rejected most of the medium brown strands that once covered it.

And my personal favorite: Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, the fear of long words.

Plenty of Fear

It’s a fact; as a society we’ve got fear…plenty of it. Some phobias we consider reasonable and “normal,” while others seem strange and rather distrubing. I’m thankful that God isn’t afraid of anything!  It sure increases my feelings of personal safety to know that no matter what, the Almighty will be there to bring peace to any situation…even scary ones. Look at what the Bible says:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). If I read that correctly, as long as I stay in close contact with the One who has no fear, I can rely on my Creator’s power to dispel it from my life. To me, the results of the equation are fairly simple:

No God = Know Fear

Know God = No Fear