As a young girl (of about 8 or so?), a few of my brothers and sisters hid under my parents bed, and when I went into my folks room to find my mom one of them reached out and grabbed my feet. Of course, they all thought it was hysterically funny and I’m sure broke into immediate laughter. But by my recollection, from the moment of ‘first grab’ to the revealing that it was them hiding under the bed (as opposed to some horrid monster who was going to tear me to pieces and then eat me alive), it was several very long and terrifying minutes! OK, so maybe I watched a few movies I shouldn’t have been watching at my age – but back then, families rallied around the TV to watch horror movies like The Birds and The Pit and The Pendulum as family bonding experiences. Anyways, by the time they revealed themselves, I was so completely traumatized that for many years afterwards, I adopted a new routine for going to bed. I flipped off the light switch, took three running steps, and then leapt onto my bed to avoid anything/anyone that could be hiding under it.
It’s now 2014 and I’m well past the age of hiding under a desk with my head between my knees. But even now, whenever I hear the sound of a low-flying plane overhead, I am immediately transported back to elementary school where we were taught the principles of “Duck and Cover” and have to fight hard to resist the urge to look outside for signs of a crashing plane or bomb falling from the sky.
I guess I’m old enough to have had some “stuff” happen in my life … and if you’re reading this blog so have you, and there is more “stuff” on the horizon. I’m not trying to speak pessimistically or out of a doom-and-gloom mentality. I’m just being honest. This world does not operate (at present) in accordance with God’s original design for it, nor are we enjoying (at present) all the victory and fellowship with the Father that God originally intended when He created us. Sure we have mountain top experiences in life – can I get a whoot-whoot for the mountain top!! Yea Baby!!
But alas, we don’t stay on the mountain tops, do we? As described so beautifully by Hannah Hurnard in “Hinds Feet On High Places” , residents of the High Places are called to routinely go back down into the Valley to encourage and invite others who would also make the journey upward. And sometimes, I do visit the valleys from a position of strength so that I can encourage a valley dweller, and invite them to dare to journey outside the boundary lines of that kingdom and change their citizenship to that of a higher and better Kingdom.
But not always, and truth be told – not as often as I would like. I would say that for most of my 53 years, when I visit the Valley, it is because I wasn’t wearing my armor (read earlier post) nor watching where I was going, and next thing I knew … Ker plop!
Sooner or later, I always seem to make my way back down into any number of valleys; the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of Loss, the Valley of Loneliness, the Valley of insert name here, hanging out with my much detested former buddies – FEAR, SHAME and all the other family members of the FEARING family! Visiting a valley for God’s purposes is one thing. Living in the valley’s is something altogether different. I hate the valleys!
It was about a year or so ago that the Lord began showing me how much of my life has been influenced by FEAR. I’ve let Fear steal so much from me! Fear of failure. Fear of loss. Fear of what people with think. Fear of being alone. Fear of screwing up my kids. Fear of being uncovered. Fear of rejection. You name it, I’ve probably been afraid of it.
Faith declares a positive confident hope and expectation in the Word and promises of God, while Fear declares a negative confidence and expectation in the inability of God to do what He has declared!
But no more! I am finished being romanced and courted by Fear!
It’s taken me a long time to figure it out, but praise God (and thanks to countless hours of listening to faith-filled teachers like Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyers, Charles Capps, and many others), I have finally gotten it through my head that God hates Fear! And why, you ask? Because FEAR is the complete opposite of FAITH! Faith declares a positive confident hope and expectation in the Word and promises of God, while Fear declares a negative confidence and expectation in the inability of God to do what He has declared! Once I finally saw it like that (like God see’s it), I made a decision!
Me and Fear are “breaking up”! And we are NOT going to get back together again!! EVER!!!
Sure, I know it’s going to require a lot of effort on my part to quit taking Fear’s calls, answering Fear’s emails, etc. But I’m done with that liar Fear! Who is with me??
Out of respect for your time, I’m going to close here and continue under separate posts which will be filed under a new Category entitled “FEAR NOT!” I hope you will check back periodically, and also share your thoughts on this post in the comment section below.