One day you will wake up doing something you thought you couldn’t do, hard things you’re so afraid to face and you would eventually jump in the cliff with so much fear ready to face the uncertainties. Time will come life will push you to take risk in the unknowns, to sink underneath the ocean and you will be fine having so much bruises which make you stronger and braver and you won’t regret doing it.
I am afraid of heights, the first time I tried zip line was overwhelming but remarkable. I already wear all the protective gear and I needed to do it alone up there. I was pleading with the guide to give me more time yet he pushed me in a way that I was so unprepared.
I closed my eyes and screamed.
Ten seconds before I finally mustered the courage to open my eyes wide and gazed at the trees dancing in slow motion and seemed so close to the clouds. The world is so vast, and staying up in the sky was indescribable. And I started rejoicing, praising, and laughing after a wonderful ride. I was just afraid. I was afraid to face my fears face to face. I was afraid of the unknown not knowing uncertainty is full of surprises that you might encounter once in a lifetime; the spice of life.
When you choose fear you also numb joy and happiness. When you choose fear you also stay in the cage of familiarity and mediocrity. When you choose fear you also accept defeats instead of victories. When you choose fear you see darkness instead of light. When you choose fear you also miss the great things He prepared just for you, the miracles and blessings for those who choose to believe.
Maybe instead of asking you to cross an ocean, enter a lion’s cave, or fight a giant, God is asking you to get rid of all the layers of fears numbing your heart. Sometimes fears are hidden; they can be in the face of unforgiveness afraid to love, at times it’s in the face of lies afraid to seek for truth, at times it’s in the face of insecurities afraid to trust, at times it’s in the face of greediness afraid of contentment, at times it’s in the face of laziness afraid to persevere, and at times it’s in the face of hopelessness afraid to surrender.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18 NIV
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9 NIV