We're having lots of storms here in Arkansas tonight. They "spring" up and bounce around, hitting here and skipping there. I was cooking supper when it got really hot all of a sudden, and ya'll know I'm never hot! I looked out my kitchen window and saw this big black wall cloud. The wind came up and the hail started. In some places in Arkansas it was golf ball sized but on my deck it was more like marbles. A tornado touched down on up the interstate but it missed us, thank goodness. I expect spring storms are pretty much the same everywhere. When you see the clouds and hear the wind and watch chairs being blown across the deck...well, it's really scary. There are lots of times in our lives when we're feeling that same fear over what's happening around us. Maybe someone is sick. Maybe a job is lost. Maybe we're worried about one of our children or one of our friends. Maybe we can't make the mortgage payment or aren't sure if the electric company is going to let us go one more month without turning it off. Maybe we've done something and we're afraid we're going to be found out. Maybe we've hurt our best friend's feelings. And fear creeps in, surrounds us, tries to beat us down. Did you know that the most often given command in the Bible is "Do Not Be Afraid!" God said it. Jesus said it. Over and over it was said in all kinds of situations. Jesus said, "Take courage." He's there, ready to give it to us if we only accept it. Do you need courage today? It's there for the asking.