I couldn’t be left alone, or the boogeyman would get me. Even in broad daylight in a car. If you have ever met someone who was terrified of EVERYTHING you would have thought they were mild compared to me.
My hands had a shake that was permanent, and people always commented on this disturbing phenomenon. I was only ten years old at the time. But those irrational fears continued for many years.
Recently I was driving back to the Halifax airport alone to return my car rental and hop a flight when I was reminded of the little girl who used to be terrified to sit in a car alone by herself.
I smiled, and a feeling of accomplishment washed over me.
To you, this all may seem very silly…and it was. But at the time it seemed rational to me.
I’m going to make a confession. I still have fears, and one of my biggest is public speaking…ah so I don’t sound so irrational, do I? You have this same fear.
We all know nothing terrible is going to happen to us if we bomb at public speaking. Our pride may get wounded, and yes a few people will whisper behind our back. But for most of us, it’s as terrifying as being murdered by a madman while twenty snakes are dangly from us.
But what if you ignored all the voices telling you that you can’t do something, and you went forward anyway?
What if you failed???
Did your heart rate just go up? The very thing you’re afraid of is most likely the thing you are supposed to be doing. This is what I have personally learned. But fear keeps me from going forward. Are you the same?
The song, Fear is a Liar by Zach Williams has these lyrics:
How much of your happiness has been stolen due to your fears? What if everything you were ever afraid of were all opportunities for you to become the person God created you to be.
Run as far away from the opportunity as I could possibly get. Fear gripped me around my neck and choked me till I almost felt faint. I pleaded with God to find someone else. But he kept pushing me forward, even though I had my heels dug in and my hands on the door frame, grasping desperately for safety.
I reminded God, in case he didn’t remember, that I was the little girl who would RUN and HIDE whenever I had to do public speaking in school. But for some reason, he doesn’t care.
“Cindy I’m not looking for talent, I’m looking for obedience.”
What have I learned:
If you’re terrified of an opportunity that comes before you, you’re most likely the person for the job. Fear has come to rob you of the joy you are going to experience once you have overcome it.
What have you run away from – what scares you? Is God asking you to do something you know is way bigger than your talents or abilities?
What if he is waiting for you to say ‘Yes’ in faith: rather than ‘No’ in fear.
Maybe there is an amazing gift of abundance waiting for you at the other end of your fear, an unexplainable joy and a blessing for others.
I’m going to embrace my fears, will you come along with me and embrace yours also?
What are you afraid of?
Stare it down. Face it. Embrace it.
Failing is the beginning of success: running away is the beginning of failure.
Step into a faith that God can carry you through; rather than a fear that you will fail.
He’s waiting for you.