The room begins to close in on you. You feel suffocated in your inner most being. Your heart begins to race – your mouth is dry – your hands begin to tremble – your breathing becomes heavy and almost chokes you. The hair on the back of your neck bristles and you feel faint. This is how you feel when you experience fear.
Fear can consume us – disable us – cause us to hide or seek refuge. It can live in the back of our mind only to resurface at a later age. The number of phobias included in the human psyche are countless – all the way from fear of small places to fear of going outside. I’m not a psychologist, but I have experienced enough of life to know that fear can also be a means of protection. It’s kind of a fail safe mechanism that goes off in our brains to let us know we’re in danger.
We’re all afraid of something. Maybe you fear getting in front of an audience. Or you might be afraid of high places or spiders or elevators or avocadoes. The point is, you aren’t alone. We all need reassurance that these fears won’t cause us to be eaten up by them. Maybe your fears are more immediate – like knowing where your next meal will come from or where you will lay your head tonight.
The uncertainties we face every day are enough for some to require straight jackets, while others seem to be completely fearless. How do you handle your fears? I’m still in the process of figuring that one out. I should have faith that God has my back in all circumstances, but sometimes even that isn’t enough. Prayers can help, but fear will once again rear its ugly head. Many times our fears, like unexplained dreams, are an unsettling reminder that we need someone to help us get through this life.
Everyone on this planet has something that eats at them. Our fears don’t just magically disappear when we become Christians. Sometimes we face even more of them. It’s a tough journey. Life can pull, tug at us, push us around and cause us to give up. The only thing to alleviate those anxious moments is turning to God’s Word. Within those pages we can find comfort, peace, patience and God’s plan for us. Through His message, we can conquer our fears and move forward. The key is putting your faith in someone who has dispelled all fear.