My littlest dog is one of the most carefree creatures I have meet. She likes to prance and I call her my pretty princess because she is often prancing around in a circle with her nose in the air. She seems to be fearless except for one thing. She hates storms. It is the only thing that seems to bother her. Fear is a challenging topic.
I have many times in my life hand to have detailed discussions with God about fear. Fear is an instinct. We all have it. In a way it is good. Kind of like pain. For if you were not able to feel that something was hot/painful you would not have the instinct to protect yourself from getting burned. Something that I have learned extensively in medicine is how fear is not just something that occurs in the brain and is not just a feeling. Actually there are a number of responses in the body that occur when we encounter fear. It is a whole series of responses. Similarly, the brain has memory. So something that has caused fear in the past can be triggered by a seemly small thing but cause an exaggerated response in us.
The Bible talks about fear many times. It actually encourages us to “have no fear.” This has been a challenging thing for me. For fear is not something we can control. I can cover it up. Put a mask on my face so others cannot see my fear but I cannot wish it away. Very similar to anxiety or pain, wishful thinking does not make it disappear. What I have come to time and time again in order to help me overcome fear is understanding what “fear of the Lord” means. I have done work with imagining this picture in my head. If I have 2 lions in front of me. One represents God and the other what ever I am afraid of, who should I fear more? For God is all powerful, all knowing and fully just. The other lion is a spec of sand in comparison. And guess what, as a child of God, he will always be on my side.
I really struggle with fear and interacting with certain people. It has been me resting in God that allows me to encounter and overcome fear. For when I encounter someone that causes a fear response in me, I imagine my God, the most power being in existence standing before me. It is this fear of the lord that allows me to stand. I struggle with living in fear. The fear has been all consuming at times. But at the end of the day, I know my Heavenly Father is greater than anything that could ever even try to destroy me. I rest in that promise and I rest in the fact that God is bigger than all my fears, all my enemy’s and all of my weaknesses. I may not be able to stand alone but God has been faithful in holding me up, supporting my legs and providing the means.
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:4-7
So to those who struggle with fear, may God show you his might so you can rest in his arms. And to all may we be Christ hands and protect those in need of protecting so that God’s will would be done one this earth as it is in heaven. Amen