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Not Afraid (Thanks, One Direction)

Remember One Direction? (If not, please google! They’re gonna be important today.) Their songs have been stuck in my head all day.

Yep, that’s right; back in the day, I was a secret One Direction fan. Niall was my favorite, in case you were wondering.

Every so often, I guess my pre-teen self wants to resurface and does so by planting oh-so-swoon-worthy lyrics in my head.

Today, I woke up with ‘She’s Not Afraid’ playing on a continuous loop. So…

Get ready to Jesus-ify this boy band.

I don’t make it a habit to listen to secular music anymore– even these lyrics have tons of innuendo– so when one of my old jams pops into my head, I try to replace it with a worship song. But today, as I was talking with God (aka, complaining because I couldn’t shake this tune), He showed me that He is in it.

In retrospect, I shouldn’t be shocked that traces of our ever-present, always present God could be hidden within One Direction lyrics. He is wherever we look for Him.

Take the chorus, for instance:

She's not afraid of all the attention

She's not afraid of running wild

How come she's so afraid of falling in love

She's not afraid of scary movies

She likes the way we kiss in the dark

But she's so afraid of f-f-falling in love

And yes, I still have this memorized ;)

While I don’t condone all this (especially kissing in the dark… unless you already have a hubby), I can see God peaking through–

Do not fear. You are loved.

Sounds like God talking now, doesn’t it?

I’m not going to list all of the verses that talk about fear or love because we’d be here for a long time. However, I will tell you one of my favorites:

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

In God, whose word I praise—

in God I trust and am not afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4).

One Direction isn’t the only one who can write melodies; this psalm is a song of its own. And I love it because it doesn’t just tell you not to be afraid, but why.

We have no reason to fear because God is here! Our God, whose unfailing love for us will never diminish or disappear (Is 54:10).

Great, I'm rhyming now.

But in all seriousness, we are called to be unafraid, to be fear fighters, rooted in the love of our great Savior.

So let’s do it, friends. Let’s be unafraid in Jesus’ name.


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