As I try to loosen my grip on the steering wheel, wondering turns into fret, with anxiety quickly on its’ heels. Fear is hiding close in the shadows, waiting to pounce and zap me.
It’s like Max says, “Fear overtakes other emotions because it’s the default emotion; it’s what comes natural. Faith is one of the only emotions that demands a decision. By nature, we are fearful people, we have to decide to have faith, and we have to choose to have hope.”
Even Jesus asks me, “Why are you fearful?”. I think to myself as I read Fearless, the latest release by Max Lucado “Not me, I’m not afraid. I’m pretty brave and a little bit sassy. I don’t let fear dominate my life!”
But if I was really honest with you (and myself), I’d pull out my boo box from under my bed and show you my fears, the ones I feed and allow to grow; trying to get home before it gets dark when my husband is out of town, wondering if this month will change our status as a family, if I’m too much – or worse yet – not enough, doubting my dreams, learning to run and trying not to finish last, using the gifting I’ve been given or never truly being creative.
“Fear it seems has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves.”
The two can’t coexist, happiness and fear. Ouch.
What, or better yet, who do I have to blame for my stolen joy, lack of contentment, or continued search for just-out-of-reach happiness?
Maybe it’s not my circumstances (shocking I know!). Maybe it’s accepting fear, allowing it to take up residence. Maybe I kicked out the joy in my life. Maybe I did it to myself.
I think I gaze at her every day in the mirror. That’s right, it’s me.
“Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the door.”
Can you relate to that feeling? You and I might call it ‘paralyzed’ or ‘stunned’ or even worse ‘new normal.’ But I know there’s a way out of this prison.
It’s time to take the keys from Jesus, unlock the prison door, and walk out of fear like Peter . . . amazed by the beauty and grace of life. I can see my happiness through the rusty bars . . . knowing on the other side I can be fearless and faithful.
“Take courage! I am here.” – Jesus
What fear is holding you in prison? Will you walk out with me into the sunshine of freedom?
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