Facing our Fears

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

I have been inspired by my 6 year old son to write about fear.  I think it’s something we all experience – on different levels of course.  For some, it may be a fear of spiders, while others may fear public speaking.  I think we can even find fear in circumstances such as having another baby after losing one.  There are so many things to be fearful of, and so many things that fear really should not be part of, but unfortunately is sometimes (if we let it).

We have quite a shy son, and when it comes to things such as swimming lessons (or other organized activities) there’s added anxiety to his experience.  I can totally relate – I was the same when I was a kid as well.  It’s sad really, he loves doing all sorts of activities, but once there’s a room full of people he doesn’t know, he wants nothing to do with it.

So anyway, it was the day of his third swimming lesson and as we were getting ready he tells us he needs to throw up (that’s basically code for “I’m extremely nervous right now”) so we pray with/over him and tell him that it’ll be alright, it’ll be fun, etc, etc.  He reluctantly goes since we’ve given him no other option, and he does his class.  My husband was actually the one to take him, but as soon as he got home he was bouncing off the walls!  He had so much energy.  He told me all about the class and how much he enjoyed it.

Isn’t it such a powerful thing?  Conquering our fears?  It’s energizing and exhilarating!  I think it’s even more amazing knowing that fear is our enemy’s tool and when there’s something great on the other side of that wall and we cross it, it’s all ours!

Oftentimes what we are purposed to do in life will look the most scary, but once we push and break through our safety net of comfort and safety, we are able to then live to our fullest potential and do what God has called us to do!

Sometimes we’ll fear getting pregnant again because of all the miscarriages we’ve had, but if we don’t push through that fear, how are we ever going to know if we’ll have our much desired baby(s)?  I think there would be a lot of regret to live with if we don’t try, as well.

What if my son refused to take swimming lessons because of the fear he had?  He wouldn’t learn how to swim and would likely miss out on some fun adventures as he grows up, not to mention being able to prevent himself from the possibility of drowning.

Sometimes we need to push through and experience it all.  If we live in a life of comfort, we won’t progress.  We will miss out on God’s best for us.  Life will not be as fulfilling as it could be!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

2 Timothy 1:7

I think what I loved the most about the day my son went to his swimming lesson was what he said to my husband at the pool; he wondered why the enemy would use fear on something as simple as swimming lessons.  I love how he’s grasping the origin of fear.  But it does make you think, doesn’t it?  Why does the enemy try to instill fear in us over ordinary things?  Is it to get us in the mindset that we are fearful people?  Is it to weaken us for bigger and better things?  Is it to make us believe he is more powerful than us?

Whatever the reason, we know that God – who is love, is always bigger than fear.

With Him we do not need to be afraid!  Of anything!  Thank you God!