Have you ever woken up in the morning and because of one thing, issue, concern, problem, opportunity etc, you could actually smell fear in your nostrils, and taste it at the back of lungs. The thrills it sends down the spine could choke to death or jerk to life.
I remember waking up one morning.. Wore one of my best work attires (partly because my girl friend was around) and headed to work. At about Midday, I was ordered out of work and was told I must not be seen in the premises. The morning after, to leave my house was like enduring hardship. The first sentence of this post summarized how I felt.
I also remember, a few years ago, I just walked away from my source of income, because someone wrote a letter to me that created a tonne of fear!!! But the more scary the incidents, the more daring I became.
In fact, my threshold for fear, may not have increased, by my capacity for courage has increased greatly. And it was down to two things:
Revelation and Participation
My nephew at about 8 months was so scared of one of his toys (a singing dog) that belts out “My girl” by Temptations. Any time he touched the dog, it started to sing and he freaked out. The beginning of the end for the fear was when he was shown; firstly that it was just a toy [by me throwing the dog up and down] and lastly, that there is a switch to stop the singing.
If you knew the situation was not as bad as you thought, you will be less afraid. If you knew that your insurance will pay for your loss, you will be less worried. If you knew that your bosses adore you and will do anything to keep you, you will not be afraid of losing your job, in spite of how many people have been laid off. Or even if you knew that you will be laid off in 12 months, you won’t be afraid anymore; you will go and prepare for it.
But the reality is you may never be in a position to hear your bosses discuss how valuable/invaluable you are to the company and every day you are dreading receiving the sack letter.
As a football fan, “Match of the day” is part of my weekend program. They show highlights of the day’s matches. Because I already know the result of my team (Arsenal), I am not palpitating like someone who saw it live. I have the calmness and the confidence in victory, and I have the calmness and possibly disappointment in defeat, but not afraid of the result, because I already know.
“But God does not want you to be afraid, and because of that He has given us enough in His word [both the bible and the ones revealed] as revelations of who we are and concerning our lives.”
God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It’s up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation.
Don’t be hung over by fear. Having courage does not mean you are not afraid, it only means fear is not party to your decisions.
How did I know that my nephew got over his fear?. Well he participated. After a while, I got him to touch the dog with the sound off, and then I showed him how to switch it on, and touched it again to sing. All of sudden, he realised that he was in control of the dog, not the other way around, and before I knew it, he slammed the dog everywhere [possibly taking out the anger of the past fear], before settling down to play with it.
For people to judge whether you are afraid or not, they will have to see your decision making.
While revelation takes the sting out of fear, participation takes the fear out of you. Unless you take a bold step of faith, though the sting may be out, you could still be very afraid.
If you have read till here, well done, as there are some fears that you can’t go about researching or participating in, strong holds that cripple from within, and that’s why I want to give you a verse in the bible, that will make the bedrock of next Wednesday’s serious post.
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
The reason I am not afraid anymore is because God’s got my back. It will be super cool if you share your own fear stories and how you overcame them!!!.