This was written by my good friend TeeKay, who will soon be blogging at “A Thimble’s Worth of Wisdom.” I will let you know when she is up and running! TeeKay has been my friend and mentor for about 30 years- I am so grateful for her love, guidance and wisdom.
The most competent thief I have encountered in my life is fear. It is sly, convincing, and paralyzing. It is a master of disguise and camouflage. It mimics strength and protectiveness, but steals joy. Like a double-edged sword, it is useful in times of danger, but intrusive and crippling to the soul as an uninvited enemy. It knocks at the door of our hearts like a friend and enters to stifle hope, creativity, and love. It whispers lies to us of our limitations and weaknesses, and plants the seeds of doubt in an otherwise fertile soil.
My head knows that this is not of God. Yet it creeps in so unexpectedly, that it has nested before I realize it’s even there. It is a shape-shifter, so it is able to take on the persona of legitimate concerns.
I consider myself a strong person, but when fear creeps in, I then doubt even what I know is the truth. As in any recovery, the enemy has to be identified and acknowledged. Fear is real. I am human. Life is not perfect, nor am I. Fear tells me that I will lose respect if I make mistakes. God tells me that He is my strength, and no fear is bigger than Him. He tells me that He is Love and has already seen my tomorrow. He has prepared the way for me. Fear is just an obstacle. See it, acknowledge it, then move past it toward the Light.
As I write this, I breathe a sigh of relief that God pointed out the unrealistic fears of this day and replaced fear with a tender heart. You see, our hearts cannot be open when fear resides there. That’s the reason fear is a thief. It will steal our peace, and try to shake our foundation.
A special friend told me today to choose love above fear of rejection. So I do that for today. I choose love and all its many facets of hope and joy. I choose to acknowledge fear and reject it. It is my enemy and a thief. I choose God’s gift to me. I will rejoice in His faithfulness. I choose this today.
Tomorrow I will have to once again make a choice. I must keep my eyes open and focused on God’s grace. Tomorrow is another day, but God is already there.
1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
See what I mean?