When I was the caretaker of an apartment complex, I got a work order to change
locks on a tenant's door. Apparently someone had a key that was fitting the lock
on her apartment. No problem. I changed the lock.
A couple of days later I was asked to put a second dead bolt on that door
because the intruder was still getting in. I had questions in my mind but did as
I was directed.
The third time I was called to double-secure the patio door, as someone was
getting in that way. I checked it out, and the lock was in order.
The fourth time I was called because the next-door tenant was crawling over
his balcony and looking in her window. Now I really had questions. I knew the
tenant in question very well and knew that he was not able to jump like a
So I talked with the woman. She was from an abusive background and was scared
of her shadow. I don't know whether she was schizo or whether she was seeing
apparitions. It doesn't matter, for she was afraid. In fact she was terrified.
I said, "Lady, fear has a pass key to every apartment in this city. You
can't keep him out, regardless of how tightly you bar the windows or how many
locks I put on that door."
And so often we are afraid. -- afraid of debt, afraid of accident. But most
of all, each of us is afraid of rejection. Do some of us live under a cloud of
fear that our friends would reject us if they knew of the monkey on our back or
the albatross around our neck?
So often an angel or Jesus himself said, "Fear not...." or "Be
Isn't it nice to come to Him and tell Him what is hurting us, knowing that He
will not reject us?