There it was, standing tall and proud in the middle of this newly planted garden... A big scarecrow!
The purpose of a scarecrow is to literally do just that, scare the crows or other birds who might pick at the harvest. Whatever the farmer is cultivating in this garden.
This scarecrow can't really do anything to the birds, it's a fake person. If the birds came into the garden the scarecrow doesn't move, make a noise or sound an alarm, but it's presence scares the birds and they don't come in for fear that they will be harmed.
There are times when God is calling us to something greater. When we see an open door to blessing, but there is a scarecrow standing there. We see this "scarecrow" which can be a thought about how we may fail or question the blessing. It can bring change to our lives which feels threatening, but ultimately it can do nothing to stop us from attaining the plans God has for us.
The Bible says, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me." John 14:1
During times of great fear, whether it's something that is affecting the world, the nation, your home or your heart and mind, you can choose to not be afraid. You can choose to believe in God instead of believing that the "scarecrow" has any power to change the plans God has for you and the blessing that's waiting in the garden.
David says it best in Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."
Next time you begin to feel afraid, don't feed the fear and think of all the reasons why you should be afraid, but rather feed your faith in God. Kick that fear out of your head and your home and replace it with the peace of God that passes all understanding. That peace was promised to you when Jesus ascended to Heaven.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
Today is your day of promise, in Him you can overcome your fear and walk into your blessing.