Great news! My radiation burned skin has nearly been completely replaced with brand new skin. I’m healing well and quickly. Yay!
I still deal with some tired spells but thankfully they aren’t every day. Also, my skin is very itchy at times. I’ve been told that the itching of a formally injured area is a sign of healing. If that’s the case, the itching is welcomed but not enjoyed.
Recently, on one of my not-so-tired days, I went for a walk with my husband on our property. As usual, we took our dog Autumn along and our cat Gabby followed.
We walk on a trail that loops through our mostly wooded 15 acres. Gabby frequently follows along on the trail with an occasional romp through the tall grass or woods. But this time something frightened her and she went into the woods and refused to come out.
I could see and hear Gabby but she was out of reach and wouldn’t be coaxed back onto the trail. Therefore, we reluctantly continued our walk hoping she would follow, stay put, or run home.
Once we looped back around to where Gabby had been too frightened to continue her walk, we called out to her but heard no response. So we went on toward the house but as we neared we realized she wasn’t there either.
My husband went back out onto the trail in search for Gabby. He eventually found her hiding in fear behind trees in the tall grass. I was very relieved to see her in his arms as they emerged from the woods.
Due to fear, Gabby was unable to enjoy her journey and unable to reach her goal of completing the walk.
Fear is a thief! It will rob us of joy and peace. It keeps us from enjoying our lives and fulfilling our purpose. In reality, a life of fear is not truly living.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I once read that fear is f-false e-evidence a-appearing r-real. Fear is not only a thief but is also deceptive!
As long as we are breathing, we will always have an opportunity to feel fear.
So what can we do about fear?
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.
What if our fear doesn’t go away?
Proverbs 3:5 Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Fear is putting our faith in something other than God. But if we don’t know God then we can’t trust Him or put our faith in Him.
The only way to get to know anyone is to spend time with them and experience life with them. That’s what a relationship is all about.
Spending time with God looks like reading and studying His word. Talking to Him and listening to Him as He speaks to us through His word and His Holy Spirit.
When we get to know God, His love for us, and His power, we quickly realize there is nothing to fear.
1 John 4:18a There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.
Psalms 77:14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
The feeling of fear may not go away. But when you know God’s got you, you can move forward, doing what fear has been keeping you from accomplishing or experiencing.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Sometimes, when we step out in faith and do the thing we were afraid to do, it may not turn out the way we thought it should. But we can still trust that God is using the experience for our good and His glory. Nothing is wasted in God’s economy [Romans 8:28].
What is fear trying to steal from you? Your joy? Peace? Sanity? Your future? Your purpose, promotion, or potential?
How is fear deceiving you? Is it telling you there’s no use in trying because you’ll just fail or end up being rejected? Is it telling you to compromise so you can keep your job or a bad relationship?
Will you make a decision to get to know the all-powerful God who loves you and has a great plan for your life? Will you get to know Him so you can start enjoying your life and fulfilling your purpose?
2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid but gives us power love and self-discipline.
Don’t waste another day existing in fear. Start truly living today!
~ Patrice Maguire
Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.