When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. - Isaiah 43:2
Fear… A demon that constantly haunts my life. I’ve even got the phrase “Faith over Fear” tattooed on my wrist so I can look at it every time I’m at a crossroad in my life. Has fear consumed a decision in your life recently? Maybe last year? Last month? Or maybe even right now? Daughter of God, do you know you were created to do big things? I can assure you that our enemy definitely knows this - so he uses fear as a stronghold in our lives to block us from receiving all God has for us. Let me tell you 3 things that I’ve learned from doing things in the midst of fear, but first - let me talk to you about my recent battle with fear.
The past few months, God has been leading me in a way that I never would have imagined. For the past 6 years I’ve been a part of high school and collegiate dance organizations. This was my home and my safety for many, many years until one day - God put into my spirit it was time to move on. I remember exactly where I was and His prompt hit me like a baseball bat. I was apprehensive at first, questioning God… “God, this is where I’ve been for 6 years, this is my life. Why would you ask me to let this go?” I didn’t listen for the first 2 weeks, denying it and just believing it was all in my head. But, God began showing me where my heart truly was - I was stuck in fear, unhappiness, stress and I had forgotten what and whom my identity was found in. I was afraid of the unknown, afraid of letting go of security, and afraid I would lose my sense of belonging and reputation. Have you ever felt this way? Quitting an unhappy job? Leaving a toxic relationship? My life at this point was anything from peaceful, and God had to slam the door for me to finally hear Him instead of the world around me. God was showing me my heart wasn’t in the right place anymore with where I was. So, I finally listened to His prompt and I began to transition. This undeniable fear and long journey has taught me 3 things:
1. Fear will always come around - do it anyway! “Do it afraid”
Cast all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all on Him. For he cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully - 1 Peter 5:7
Stepping into fear is a beautiful thing. Stepping out boldly in faith allows God to do unimaginable things in our lives. This not only builds our character, but it builds our courage and faith. If we wait for our fears to entirely disappear, we’ll never take that next step. A lot of times our emotions can be louder than God. As women, our hearts are full of many feelings and emotions. But, we cannot allow those feelings to silence the voice of God. A really cool quote from a blog I was reading at the time said, “Do it afraid.” The emotion of fear will always come around when we are asked to do big things. This is a normal human emotion and a lot of times fear cannot be silenced completely. I challenge you to do it anyway. Do that big thing! STEP OUT into fear! Know that you will never find yourself unfulfilled with God and He will always open another door when He closes one. He cares for us and watches us! Do it afraid!
2. When fear comes around, know that God is about to do something big.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal for which God has called me. - Philippians 3:13-14
Know when fear is in your circumstances, so is Satan. He wants this fear to consume us so we don’t go towards the path God wants for us. The “safe” life we all tend to pursue is one of Satan’s goals for us. He doesn’t want us to pursue God and step into the unknown boldly. But, know although Satan is around the corner so is God. Every time fear comes around, know God will use this for something incredible if you are willing to take the step forward. In my situation, God has taught me so much about myself I never could’ve known if I wouldn't have trusted Him with my future path. As humans, it’s in our nature to want to feel a sense of belonging and community. Feeling like you belong and are loved are what we desire as humans, especially as young adults. But sometimes this desire to “fit in” and belong, leads us to straying into things God didn’t intend for us. That’s where I was at. I had these thoughts of, “What if I lose all my friends? What if I’m alone? What if people make fun of me? What if I’m not cool anymore?” None of these things matter to God. With God, He fulfills all of these things. With God, we are never an outcast or alone. God knows what is best for us and has a set plan for us. A lot of times His plan isn’t what we expect, but it’s what is best. God has been teaching me so many lessons of faith and His love for me through this transition - He will do this for you too.
3. We must refuse to be a victim - God will take care of the rest.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9
During this time I was reading an incredible book called, Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. She has this quote from the book that stuck with me throughout this time of fear: “Refuse to be a victim of a situation you cannot fully change. Instead, change what you can.” Daughter of God, know that God will carry you through this season you may find yourself in. My season has been far from easy - many nights have been filled with tears and wonders of the future. When you make a big life change, there are going to be things that you cannot entirely control or avoid. Leaving a job or relationship may cause pain on one or both sides, problems may arise that you cannot control, and maybe friendships might end. We can’t control everything that happens, that’s God’s job. Change what you can and move forward with God’s plan for you. Hard times don’t last forever for God’s warriors.
Is there something in your life you haven’t done yet out of fear?
What are some things you have learned about God in the midst of fear?
God, I believe in this season you have me in, I believe I am Yours and loved, I believe I am Your warrior. I know when I pass through waters, You are with me. You are such a gracious and loving Father and I thank You for carrying me through this learning season. I know Your plans for me are more incredible than I can imagine and I pray You will control my anxious mind and remind me of Your never-ending love and mercy for me. Amen.
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