That elusive 4 letter word staring me down.
It can be tougher to chew on than a $2 Wal-Mart steak. It can steal your dreams quicker than a pickpocket on a crowded subway. And it always leaves you feeling empty, lost, broken, and utterly defeated.
But one way or another, we all have it…
Fear of heights, being wrong, public speaking, rejection, physical pain, failure, traumatizing memories, starting a new job, losing someone we love, and the terrifying unknown. I’m sure there’s a million more, but you get the idea.
Although each of our life experiences are different, the fear is just as real to all of us, in one form or another.
But we have a choice—our fears DO NOT have to define us. And fear should not be the end or the final say in how we live out our lives.
There. is. hope.
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears”
Psalms 34:4 (KJV)
My story, my life, and this journey I’ve walked so far….it knows all about fear. The fear that swallows you whole, one defeating bite after another. The fear that screams, your life is only worth what they define it to be. It’s the kind of fear that nearly blots you out, making you believe that all hope is lost and that the light will never shine again.
You see, the battle of life had left us bloody and wounded. We felt we were drowning in the bottomless pit of the ocean, as the imminent waves continued to pour over us.
Our only hope was to turn to God in our darkest hour.
And that’s just what we did. We gave it all to Him… the anger, the pain, the fear, the hopes… and all the dreams. We placed it all in His hands, wiped the slate clean on every side of the board, and sought Him out relentlessly.
“If you go to God, God will come to you.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
And that’s when it happened.That’s when his hand pulled us out of the darkness. Hope flooded our souls and light began to shine as it never had before. And, the most amazing thing? It began to extinguish the overwhelming fear.
So a new life was born. Free from anxiety. Free from the fear that held us back.
And now the Rock we stood upon, was greater than any fear that could be conjured up.
Our family has lived through some rough stuff, but in all honesty- we would never wish it to be any other way. Every experience in life gives us the chance to become who He really made us to be.
And conquering fear, oh, it sheds a whole new light on dreams you never knew existed. It opens the door to endless possibilities. And it makes for the most amazing adventure that life could ever take you on.
“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go.” ―Ann Landers
Shared by: Lisa Larson