Facing your own fear is never easy. It doesn’t matter what you are afraid of, sooner or later you will have to face it, but you don’t have to face it alone.
A few years ago, at my place of work, I was injured while I was changing the tips on a nut welder. My middle finger was badly cut in three places, and I was rushed to a local hospital. Fortunately, the quick thinking of two team leaders and our shift coordinator were instrumental in ensuring that I received appropriate care.
While I was waiting at the hospital for my wife, I began to experience tremendous physical and emotional pain. My wife came soon after to comfort me, but I felt like I was still missing something. As my wife spoke to me, she also began to pray for me. As she began to pray for me, I felt the desire to pray in tongues. As I did this, she joined me, as we prayed together.
Praying in tongues is a wonderful way to express your deepest emotions to God, especially when you don’t know what to say. As my wife and I began to pray, I was finally able to release my fear to God, and share my pain with Him. As I did this, I could feel my pain subside, while He reassured me of His presence. My wife was surprised by how quickly I calmed down, and I was surprised by how quickly the pain subsided.
God reassures us that He is always with us. Isaiah 41: 10 says:
Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear, for I am your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
The moment I received my injury at work, I became afraid. I knew that I needed to find help, but I just didn’t have the faith to believe that help would find me. Fortunately, God took care of that, as He provided me with the strength that I needed during my weakest moment. He upheld me, by drawing others to my side. He kept a firm grip on me, even when I wasn’t aware of what was happening to me.
As I reflect back on this experience, I realize that God has been with me during my darkest hour. It literally took about one hour, from the time I injured myself, to the time I received proper medical care. Facing this fear was not easy, but I am glad that I didn’t have to face it alone.
How about you? What helps you to face your own fear? Join us in the comment section with your own response!
We can face our own fear with you by our side. Bring to our minds your tremendous love, overwhelming peace, and genuine comfort. For we are in your hands, and your perfect love is always ready to cast out all fear within us. May you continue to lead us by your hand, for you are our Gentle Shepherd, and we know that we can trust you every step of the way. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.