Fear is like thick fog.
It hides some things, but accentuates others.
The truth of a circumstance, becomes shrouded in the emotion and only part of the real picture is seen.
That’s what I recently experienced.
It began with our display case.
Handsome, set it up and then began to step back from it.
My heart was suddenly gripped with fear that it was going to tip over, so I reacted.
I quickly stepped closer, extending my arms in an effort to “catch” it.
This was completely ridiculous on my part.
Not only am I physically unable to catch a piece of furniture, if it were falling.
The damage to myself and the piece would be compounded.
Of course, it wasn’t tipping over.
My husband wouldn’t have let go if it was unstable.
Understandably, he was surprised by my actions and questioned me.
That’s when I realized I had been blinded by a moment of fear.
I couldn’t explain it.
However, I logged it as something to pray about.
The next two days I had similar experiences, but with a softer impact.
Both times involved a piece of furniture and I suddenly was gripped with fear of it falling over.
Due to my poor response with the display case, I was on guard and didn’t react, but instead was increasing my need to pray about this same unreasonable fear.
I knew I needed to turn the fear over to the Lord.
Which I did and He showed me what was behind it.
When I was a young child I grew up in earthquake country.
My memory is dotted with many earthquakes and how they affected me.
Most were completely harmless.
But the consequence of living in that region was everything had to be hooked to a wall or supported in some way or else the next earthquake would tip it over.
This experience is good knowledge for those living in that area, but it’s completely unnecessary where we live.
Thus, my unreasonable fear was dealt with completely.
The Lord showed me what the full truth is and I’ve found joy in being able to trust God in a new area of my heart.
His Word is true and has been my direction.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
I don’t have to allow my emotions, especially fear, to force me into action or to create worry.
I can rest in Him and take everything, including my unreasonable fears, to Him.
My heart finds peace in knowing that I am leaning on Jesus rather than my own understanding.
Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
Proverbs 3:25-26 NKJV
Psalm 115:11 KJV — Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your truth. Lord, thank You for revealing what I was afraid of. Thank You for showing me the truth. Lord, please continue to teach me how to walk with You and to fear You alone. Lord, please continue to help me to turn to You for all things. Lord, thank You for Your peace which fills my heart when I rest in You. Lord Jesus, thank You that there is nothing to fear because my soul is safe with You. Thank You for Your love. I love You. Amen.