What Are You Afraid Of?
There are 4 women working the floor at the St Vincent de Paul thrift store, and Jane is interviewing a potential new volunteer. The women are concerned because there’s a tall, loud, and wet man in the dressing room trying on clothes. The interviewee goes to talk to the man who responds loudly that the ladies are helping him just fine. The women bring him the clothes he needs and he is actually very happy and grateful as he leaves. Jane knows that the store is located in a bad neighborhood, and marvels about how calm the volunteers are no matter who walks in the door. Also, she has an impactful experience with her dog and a pit bull that renews her faith in extending the proverbial olive branch.
If I had a dollar for every time I was afraid of something God asked me to do, I could retire now. As human beings, we tend to fear what we do not understand. In July of 2015 when I was walking the Camino, I got used to starting out very early in the morning to avoid the afternoon sun. The last morning on the trail I left very early because I knew there would be a great crowd coming in to Santiago that day. I found myself walking alone in dark rainy woods with only the light on my phone to see by. It was scary. I could only see what my light shone on. I wasn’t thrilled about being alone in the dark, surrounded by gargantuan trees. Thankfully, just when I thought I couldn’t handle any more, the sun started peeking over the horizon.
- What aspect of serving others scares you?
- Has God ever asked you to do anything that you thought was scary