Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you
Last night I couldn’t sleep. It was a very warm day here in Seattle and even though it cools down at night – there was virtually NO breeze. So I tossed and turned and by the time my late working husband came home from his night job – I was ready to get up move around and have a bowl of cereal in the ‘wee hours’.
As we sat in the dark in the cool downstairs family room – we started talking about the subject of ‘fear’. Fear is an interesting subject – it is different for everyone. There are things that I’m afraid of – water over my head for instance – that would not bother someone else. I have what you might call a ‘phobia’ about being in water and not being able to breathe. Others would say, “how ridiculous! – just SWIM and hold your breath when under water!” Easy to say if you’re a great swimmer and have no fear.
Others we have known have had a fear of heights. I personally do not. I know that I’m not going to fall off a high building – unless I jump and I’m not going to do that! So to me – that is an unrealistic fear – based in fantasy and not reality. But to people afraid – they are paralyzed with it. Another big fear: Spiders. I know they can look menacing and even some of them will bite – but most are harmless. And yet many people – including my own daughter – are deathly afraid of them. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Again – you’re not going to die – but to them they would rather die then have one of those ‘many legged’ creatures crawl on them 0r even next to them. And the fear of being in a closed in space – very real to some – again this is not my fear. The wall is NOT going to close in on them – nor suffocate them – but they are really afraid they are. It’s not real. I say – just close your eyes and breathe deeply and open your eyes!! Nothing is coming for you! Easy for me to say, right?
What we fear most often will not ever happen.
I believe that Jesus came to this earth – walked among us – taught his disciples, died on a cross and defeated death and the enemy to give us this great message of hope: There is NOTHING to fear. And if we keep our eyes fastened on Him – confess our weaknesses and our fears to Him – He will gently assure us – not think we’re silly or weak – but help us to feel safe. Just like a Father will comfort his children when they are afraid – so our loving heavenly father draws us to himself – scoops us up and allows us to be comforted and embraced.
I pray that today – if there is anything that you are facing, dreading and fearing – that you will allow your Heavenly Father to whisper comfort to you. That He will show you that there isn’t anything you will face that will overwhelm you or beat you down so far that He will not find you – reach for you and walk with you – in your darkest days – even then. I pray that you will not allow fear of the unknown to swallow you or cause you to lose your joy. That you would walk confidently through the journey that you are on – that you will embrace the people who have been put in your path to make the journey more tolerable and help to ease your heavy load – and to remind you – there is no fear.