Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fear

I was thinking about this more since my last blog entry tornado. What is fear and are we predisposed to be fearful? I think that I am not. I am a very trusting person and I fear very little. I worry some, of course, about things beyond my control. But I have been working really hard in the past years to really focus on being faithful instead of afraid. I have never not been provided for, as God promised.

I am FAR from perfect. Last year when I thought I might have to get a "real" job and the anxiety of the real estate market worried me so much, I literally had to stop myself every 15 minutes during the day to remind myself to be faithful. It was a very literal process. I'd stop mid-stride, take a deep prayer, ask God for faith, and then press on. 15 minutes later, I'd feel my blood pressure rise and start all over. I figured God was exasperated. "Seriously, already worried AGAIN?! I said I got it!" Overall, I had my best real estate year to date. In this market. God is good!

I just keep leaning to scripture for guidance on this issue and thought this quote was worth sharing. As I feel all of the worry and fear around me, I thought it might bring comfort. It has brought me immense solace in my life:

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" (Matthew 6:25-27)

4 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Good verse. I am in the middle of a good book and found its insights on fear useful as well. The idea is that most of our fears are based on the anticipation of something that might occur. So, if we acknowledge its presence instead of trying to push it away, and then recognize that it's the story we've created in our head that is causing the fear and if there were no story there would be no fear, we can find a way to take action and move past the fear. Which is the point where the Bible verse would help me, I think - because sometimes taking action is the hardest part. :)

Leanne said...

Absolutely. And that's what I meant about it being a choice. I didn't mean that it's easy...a lot of choices aren't. For me, it's been something I've been trying to "train" myself to eliminate. I'm not naive. There will be times of fear in my life. But ah, who will gain an extra hour worrying... :)

Cyndi said...

Thank you for sharing these thoughts and this verse. :) God is ALWAYS good and He does provide. Always. Trust and have faith in Him... Always.

Julie said...

When Gregory was a newborn and we didn't know what his outcome would be, at times my heart was seized with a fear that I had never before known. When there were no bargaining chips and nothing in my power that I could do to guarantee his life, I KNEW fear and worry and is was so different than anxiety that I often battle. In those moments, we could only pray. And I am not lying-- I was filled with such blessed, heavenly peace that it brings tears to my eyes just remembering it. Letting go and letting God...

I love that verse about worrying- it was our mantra during that difficult time. Thanks for reminding me... :)

Julie