What is your greatest fear? How does it affect you? Do you get a physical reaction or just a mental tornado upsetting the organization in your mind? Is your greatest fear something you can control? Is the lack of control your greatest fear?
Most times we fear because of the “unknown factors” which lie before us. We look at our circumstances, calculate our steps and realize that there are factors which do not enter into the equation. We begin to wonder what those factors are and how they will work out. We then allow our minds to wander adding another unknown factor which exponentially increases our fears, until the point where we have no control, including control of our thoughts.
It was once said that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. Although I understand the thought process behind this and the times in which it was said, I think that we need to go one step further with that statement. I believe, there is nothing to fear. This is not the same thing as being afraid. There are times in our lives, when being afraid of something may save our lives. When we are caught in a burning house, it is being afraid of dying that drives us to try and escape it. When we are caught in the under tow, being sucked out into the middle of the ocean, it is being afraid that may keep us afloat.
Being afraid of something and fearing are very different. Being afraid keeps us alive. Having fear kills us slowly. When we fear, we create an environment where our minds are no longer in control of our thoughts and many times a physical reaction occurs. Yesterday was one of those days.
I woke up yesterday and felt very stressed out. Over the last three weeks, my schedule has been, what some would call…INSANE! Working a full time job, where we have been short staffed with more work coming in, helping a friend’s church stay afloat, spending time with my wife and kids and trying to spend more time with God has created an atomic explosion in my mind. Yesterday was the fall out.
In previous blogs, I shared with you my struggle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. However, even though I suffer with this, there are days, like yesterday, where even medication won’t help. Part of my therapy to combat this “fallout” is to spend time in prayer, read Scripture and write. If any one of those components is missing, the fallout wins and depression begins to set itself into place.
Here is where fear takes root. Depression is just one way that fear solidifies itself and it is very difficult to get rid of it. Have you ever tried to take out a weed that was in the ground for a long time? The weed spreads out its roots over a vast area. This way, when the gardener comes, he/she struggles to pull it out of the ground. Sometimes the week breaks at ground level and cannot be pulled any further. The gardener then has two choices. Choice #1 is to wait it out and then try to pull it out again with brut force. However with this choice, the weed must grow again. With fear, we may do things to pull it out by brut force but many times, the root of the issue is still there. When we choose this method, we allow the fear to reinstate itself and take further root in our lives. There is another choice.
Choice #2 is a bit more drastic but effective. If the gardener chooses the wise choice, he/she will get a digging tool and begin the process of ensuring that all of the weed plant, with its roots, is permanently removed. With this method, the gardener will disturb the entire area in an effort to find out the “root cause”. The gardener will dig up as much as they can in order to ensure that the weed does not return. When we deal with fear properly, we must disturb other areas of our lives. The digging up of past issues, past hurts or past relationships causes us to shuffle ideas and question our motivations. It forces us to rethink ideals and theologies we have learned. It upsets all that we believe, the question is can we recover from that disturbance?
Just like the ground, healing takes time. In the Old Testament, God tells Israel to plant and sow for 6 years. On the 7th year, let the ground rest from its work. There are many theologies concerning this but from a practical level, it gave the ground one year to heal.
Sometimes, we need to do the same thing. There are times we need to step away from the busyness of life and allow ourselves to heal. Maybe, we need to let go of horrible past relationships or forgive someone who has hurt us. In some cases, it may be us that needs to ask for forgiveness from someone we hurt. Whatever it is, don’t let fear dismantle the healing process.
Fear is nothing more than Fiction Evidenced As Reality. It doesn’t exist. It is a false representation of the reality of a hurting soul. Fear is the tool Satan uses to keep us where we are so that we do not cry out to the loving Good Shepherd, who is ready to rescue us. Fear is just as bad as quotes that people say is in Scripture.
Have you ever heard, “Time heals all wounds”? It’s in the Bible, right? There is nothing further from the truth. This saying is a way for us, as human beings, to pull out the weed of fear and leave its roots in place. Time does not heal, it just passes.
Many have tried to say it is a Psalm or Proverb. It isn’t. What the Scripture does say is in Psalm 147:
It is the Lord who heals the brokenhearted. It is the Lord who heals their wounds. It is the Lord who counts the stars and names them all. It is the Lord who can get rid of whatever is keeping you back from coming to Him.
If you are hurting, He knows. If you are questioning, He has answers. If you are crying, he is crying with you. Two of the greatest words ever written were when Jesus approaches the grave of Lazarus.
John 11:35 says, “Jesus wept.” It was an incredible proclamation. Jesus knew Lazarus was going to die. Jesus knew He was going to raise him from the dead. So why did Jesus weep? Simply to show he was 100% human. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead to show He was 100% God. Isn’t that an encouragement for us today? Think about that for a moment. Jesus felt what we feel. He understood what it was like to lose someone. He understands what it is like to hurt. And in all of that experience, He never allowed fear to persuade him. He never allowed the fiction that Satan feeds our minds to take root in His own.
If you are hurting, if you are living in fear, there is someone who understands. Jesus Christ knows what you are going through, yet desires for you and I to tell Him. It is Jesus Christ who can heal you. He can remove the roots of the weed that so easily entangles you. Only Jesus Christ can take all of our fear, all of our anxiety and use it for His glory and His purposes.
If you don’t know who Jesus Christ is, He is the One who left heaven to come to earth as a baby. He lived a human life, while displaying His God nature. He allowed Himself to be beaten and tortured. He allowed Himself to be put on public display, naked and gave His life in the most horrific way of His time, by being crucified. But it didn’t end there. After He cried out in a voice, “It is finished”, he was buried and on the 3rd day, rose from the dead. HE IS ALIVE! He is calling out to you, desiring for you to let Him rescue you.
No matter your hurt. No matter your pain. Jesus Christ can take it from you. Just cry out to Him and ask Him to rescue you. He will. Let Him into your life and give you the life He always wanted for you. Believe in Him, cry out to Him and be healed by Him. Don’t let fear stop you from meeting the only One who can save you, Jesus Christ.
God bless and encourage someone today.