Nehemiah, in the 5th century B.C., decided something needed to be done, so he got to working on it. While working – as often happens to us when we’re focused on doing something good – he was visited by a bunch of naysayers. These doubters wanted to have a “meeting.” Nehemiah sent a message that he was busy working. Four times, he had to send the same message.
On their 5th attempt, the doubters sent a letter outlining their concerns about the project. Nehemiah replied with a short note:
Nehemiah knew they were just trying to make him afraid, and he knew that
fear stops work.
Nehemiah turned back to what needed to be done with this prayer:
(the rest of the story is found in the book of Nehemiah – it’s a great book; I recommend reading it from beginning to end)