A quote from a blog that I read by George Krueger & Mary-Lynn Foster says, “ fear has two meanings, “Forget Everything and Run or Face Everything and Rise”. Those words really hit me because in our state of fear no matter how intense it may be, we still have a choice to make. What life changing opportunities have we abandoned (ran from) because of fear?
I know I can look back on my life and say, I’ve had opportunities that I did not pursue because I settled in the fear of failing, the fear of the unknown, and the thoughts that I didn’t have what it takes. I let my mind and my emotions have such a hold on me that the fear had me to just give up. But the bible says, in 2 Timothy 1:7 that "God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love and of a sound mind".
Many times God will put your faith to the test. Do you believe you have power over fear? Do you believe that God loves you enough to keep you even when he asks you to do the unknown? Do you believe that you can rest your mind in his will of what he has called you to do? These are questions, I am learning to ask myself when fear presents itself to me.
As God prompted me to write this blog he reminded me of a dream he gave me many years ago. I dreamed I was in a hallway full of light. I am at the beginning of the hallway and I see a man in white walking towards a door. I hollered out "Jesus!" and in excitement, I began to run towards the door. In my mind, I was going to catch Jesus by any means necessary. When I got to the door and opened it, what I saw was not what I expected. It was a ledge. I know I saw my Father come in here, but I see nothing beyond the ledge? Although I could not see Jesus I could still feel his presence. So I leaped. Yup, you heard me I leaped right off the ledge. I was falling in an unknown place, where I could not see where it would take me. As I was falling a Giant hand caught me and lifted me back to the ledge. I knew in my heart that my father would catch me when I leaped. I believe God was showing me that I had the faith in me to leap but I just did not exercise it in the natural world. Just as he showed me, You too have the power to overcome fear of the unknown and take a leap of faith.