It can freeze you in your tracks. Or it can make you run like the wind. It makes some babble on and on, while others will not be able to say a word. It can give you that gnawing sensation in the pit of your stomach. Or it can simply feel like a dead weight on your emotional shoulders. Its grip can hold you in frantic despair. In other words, it has many faces with just as many reactions. This “it” is fear. The list of what can cause fear is way too long for this note today, so I won’t even go there. But you know what it is that you fear. As complicated and many as the causes of fear may be, the solution is rather simple. The Lord’s disciples found that out. Middle of the Sea of Galilee. Middle of the night. Middle of a storm. And as if there wasn’t enough to worry about, a strange “phantom spirit” was out there stalking them! You can read what happened next in Mark 6:50. “For they all saw Him, and were troubled. And immediately He talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” You know the story, don’t you? It was Jesus. He told them to take courage (“be of good cheer”) and not to fear. Why? “It is I.” And that was enough. “It is I.” His presence. His peace. His perfect love. Remember, at that point He had not calmed the storm yet, but they were still told not to fear. Their situation was complicated, but the solution was simple. “It is I.” So when you battle your storm and feel the grip of fear, listen carefully; and somehow, above the howling wind, listen for His voice, “It is I; be not afraid.” And you’ll find out that truly He’s enough.