I am tired of living in fear, like my goat afraid of the snow, so I’m giving up fear for Lent.
We can’t meet our destiny if we never get out of our rut.
This time one year ago I made a plan to give up fear for Lent – a clever twist on the annual holy challenge. Then someone I loved died and Lent dawned over all the empty places where she had always been. More losses and fears of losses came. So how do you give up fear from the doorway of so many unknowns? I didn’t. At least not successfully. But one year later I’m still standing and giving it a go again. Want to join me?
I thought it would look like doing one brave thing after another, facing down procrastination, relinquishing control of uncontrollables, getting over myself and getting on with what needs to be done whether I know how to do it or not. Refusing to be hobbled by fear.
But now I realize that no matter the fear the CURE is always the same:
It’s not a one-time decision but many in a row. A constant meditation. Warfare really. Against fear.
It’s using our IMAGINATION to focus on our Big God instead of mirages painted by fear.
He is Good.
He is with us.
He is Able.
He has a Good Plan.
He works all things – even hard things – together for the good.
Whatever the future holds, He is already there too.
As one of my devotionals so perfectly said:
“Sail away! Spread you sail toward the storm
and trust in Him who rules the raging seas.”
~ J. R. Macduff in Streams In The Desert”
“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you “Fear not. I am the one who helps you.” ~ Isaiah 41:13 ESV
QUESTION: What would you do, how would you feel, and what would you dare to dream if you decided to give up fear for Lent and focus on trusting God instead?
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