Big Air : Facing your fear of Heights
"We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." so said Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933; addressing the peoples of a nation who found themselves doubting their own abilities and even Gods. It was to God, whom they were praying and trusting in their deliverance and to happen through this president.
These days, today, we are all feeling the effect of an all out assault. It’s an assault on our finances, an assault on our streets and an assault on our faith. Where does our strength come from? Well for me, everyday and though I may not deserve it, I am given the hope of a better day or at the least another day, another day to grow and mature.
But what is fear? By definition fear is listed as an unpleasant emotion and caused by something or someone that would do us harm. But my own definition is, that fear is an emotion, that becomes a negative and reclusive reaction, which in turn can become a lifestyle and to me that is just not acceptable.
Did I say we all have fears? Well I haven't yet, but I will and we all do have them. We can face them or run from them and I have done both. But I'm not getting any younger and I don't run as fast as I used to, so now I go with plan “A”… and plan “A” is GOD, but it's not an easy thing to do in the face of our dangers. I don't know what your fears are, so I will share my own; in this way, I hope not to poke fun at anyone except myself and maybe I can help someone, including myself.
It seems odd to me that somehow I can experience my certain fear at varying levels and sometimes, it, the fear, seems absent. I try to forget about it, replacing this ugly monster with better thoughts; an example of that fear for me would be; driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and taking in the view, beautiful estuary, created by God’s own hand, magnificent to behold and especially from so high above the water, the birds and ships …WHAAAAATTTTT!!!!! (With fear and strain) Oh my God, what am I doing up here?…Ohhh don’t panic, stay in lane, look straight ahead.
In my lifetime
As a young boy and as a sibling to four others; my mother would take us into town, problem was there is a bridge. Now that bridge was to me a formidable foe; it loomed so high and as children have imaginations, mine not being shorter than those of my peers, it seemed as if it touched the sky. I'm not sure how or why this fear, perhaps it wasn't or is not a fear of heights at all. It may very well be my fear is a fear of falling, as in sudden stop. Which ever it was and is, we were going to cross that bridge; my mother had no idea of how afraid, more like terrified, I was. As we were crossing over I began to feel like a magnet; being drawn closer and closer to the edge of that steel bridge, while all the time going higher and higher.
Do you have one of these?
What is your fear?
Ebb and flow of fear
Has anyone else felt that type of feeling, awful as it is, we cry out to God and then…deliverance or His will? We have to let go of our own will and accept His instead.
Facing our fears; can we overcome them by putting ourselves in the midst of them? Well perhaps, what has happened to me when facing fear has sometimes manifested itself as sheer panic. When for example and you may wonder how this can even be, when I get onto roofs, I have sometimes frozen like a statue. Visions of falling off the edge of the roof brought about by actually being at the edge of the roof. Years ago I found that many people paid money to have their rain gutters cleaned and I in need of additional money decided to try my hand at this. This was 20 years ago! I still become challenged by this fear periodically, but there has been hope for me.
You may or may not agree with my means of displacing this fear, but for me it works. When I sense these attacks coming on, I talk to God; it wasn't always the case for me.
I say to my God "LORD, I know that what happens to me now you already knew of and I am afraid, but you have told me that you would never leave me or forsake me and that I will dwell in your house one day." I know I have an expiration date and will not escape the physical death, yet in that moment, I believe he hears my small voice and strengthens and encourages me, until the next time again I cry out to Him.
There is a passage of scripture I must share here and it comes from 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.
The man who is consumed by this fear, is also controlled by it and is being led by its master, this fear robs us and removes us from the glory of serving the true lord, our LORD God Almighty
When we fear things we know of in this world, we forget who made the world in the first place and we forget where we are going.
Have we forgotten what we looked like (James 1:24) after becoming a “new creation?” (2 Cor.5:17 & Gal. 6:11,15)
Brothers and sisters, we don’t know the hour our Lord returns anymore than we know the hour we will be called home, but we can’t allow the wolf; which is fear, to consume the spirit we have already pledged “Corban” (Mk. 7:11) to the Lord.
Have we forgotten that we are God’s children? Where has our faith gone? Our God didn’t stop loving us did He?
Let’s look at 1 John 4:18 once more: There is no fear in love. (No fear in love) Can there be darkness in light? It sounds preposterous to even think that
But perfect love drives out fear, Just as light chases away the darkness. because fear has to do with punishment. Unless we are still constantly living in sin and without remorse and without seeking to change our lives, why would we expect to be punished? We are quite able to effectively punish ourselves when God dwells within us.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love. If we are not perfect in love, then we must be perfectly sinful and without faith, we may have become like that salt that has lost its flavor and now we are rendered by God as waste. To be thrown out.
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