The Bible & Fear of Worms - True Story #1
Note: Following a relatively brief hiatus I'm back with the first in a series of posts (I say series because I'm not sure how many there will be) that will fall under the heading "True Story." Basically I'll be sharing the origins of some my quirks. While the intent is to be entertaining, I have a feeling it may also turn out to be therapeutic for me... Without further ado, I bring you True Story #1
I don't know whether I've ever spoken about this before, but I have an irrational fear of worms. I'm not a fan of creepy crawlies in general. In fact those who know me know that I prefer to commune with nature via the National Geographic Channel. I realize, however, that it is impossible to avoid dealing with creepy crawlies on some level. so I've learned to do so while still holding on to my dignity - most of the time... And then, there are worms... My fear of these creatures is on an entirely different level. I wasn't always afraid of them mind you. In fact I didn't develop a fear of worms until I was a teenager and it's all because I read the Bible. Don't believe me? Just keep reading.
When I was 15 or 16 I decided that I wanted to read through the Bible. I told my parents who were excited for me. I remember my mother bought me a new bible and everything. I was reading the book of Acts when I got to the words that would forever change my life... Acts 12:23 - "The people shouted, “The voice of God, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he didn't give God the glory. He was eaten by worms and died." Being a visual person, I could actually picture a man being eaten alive by worms and I was undone! Ugh! The image still makes me shudder. It was weeks before I could even look at the Bible again! Ever since that day, I have been absolutely terrified of worms. I mean, I've held live snakes without batting an eyelash and I've also climbed on top of car roofs trying to escape worms (for some odd reason people find it humorous to dangle worms in front of people who have expressly said they are afraid of them... but I digress).
Sometimes I fancy that I'm over it and I test myself only to discover the fear is still alive and well all because of one sentence in the Bible... true story.
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one with an irrational fear; at least I hope I'm not. If you have one you don't mind sharing, shoot me a quick comment and let me know.