Fears do not come from God. He gives us power and love, not fear. My Jesus calling devotional has challenged me these past couple days on this topic. I hadn’t read it in awhile and just recently I picked it up. Funny how the past few devotions I read out of it were on trusting God with your life. Jesus wants us to take one day at a time completely trusting him with everything. One small step at a time. My problem is that I look way out ahead of the moment. I plan, I strategize, I worry. I fail to just live in the moment. When my brain has a spare moment it seems to be thinking about my next task. My challenge for myself is to live in each moment. When my mind starts to wander to the next task, I remind myself to focus on what I am doing right now. Trusting God will take care of the future. I spend so much of my energy worrying about things that may never happen. Just recently a friend who sends me thoughts of the day sent “Worry is the interest paid in advance on a debt you may never owe.” How true! I wouldn’t pay monetary interest on something I don’t even have a debt on! The same should be true with my thoughts.
I think my lesson from this plane ride was to “keep going”. Keep taking small steps in life. Live in the moment. I am not going to say after facing this fear of mine I don’t have it anymore. Just ask Loren, I was fidgeting the whole flight back, panic written all over my face. I was so happy to step off that plane. By taking that small step I didn’t conquer my fear completely, but I am headed in the right direction. My heart took a small step by lowering the wall a tid bit. I didn’t step off that plane vowing to stay off. I am not going to hide from that fear. I will be back on a plane the next time I need to be. I will book that flight with less fear and more confidence. I think this is applicable to so many other areas in my life. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I realize I can’t conquer my fears all at once, I need to take small manageable steps in the right direction.
Do you have fears you are afraid to face? I encourage you to take it one step at a time. Try not to focus on it as a whole. Hiding from fears has brought regrets in my life. In the moment I worry about the “what if’s” of the future. They hold me back from facing my fears. But when I give in and don’t face them I look back and wonder “what if” I would have done that. If I wouldn’t have faced my fear to board the plane, I would have missed out on our week in Florida. So I encourage you to be brave and keep going. Small steps at a time. God is at your side.