Exactly 71 years ago, World War II ended when Japan signed a formal agreement of her surrender on Sept. 2, 1945 aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
During WWII, my mom and dad used to tell me that all they could do as kids was to look for a place to cover, with our grandparents making sure they are all safe.
All they heard were bombs exploding, the sound of guns fired and war planes in a dog fight in the skyline.
Today, pictures of the horrors of World War II are evident on history books, and various online sites.
One of my favorite all-time World War II heroes is Sir Winston Churchill.
And one of his famous sayings at the time of the war was this, “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
Churchill was definitely more than just talk, instead he “walked the talk”.
He lived in a very dangerous moment during his generation, where bombs, guns, war planes dominated.
Despite fear prevailing in Great Britain, he rallied the people with a series of stirring speeches that gave everyone a sense of hope in a desperate time.
When I look into my life today, I don’t face bombs, guns and war planes daily, but I could sure say what my family faces during our daily grind sometimes, makes me want to quit.
There are many types of fear that affect people – fear of heights, fear of insects, and to the more serious ones like fear of cancer, fear of the unknown future or even fear of failure.
Fear. It can be paralyzing emotionally and psychologically, but how do we face it when it stares at us?
One Bible passage that calms me and reminds me that I’m not alone is Psalm 23:4- “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Walking through the “darkest valley” is inevitable, but one thing is sure, when we face fear head on, look up to Him for God is far more powerful than your “greatest fear”.