How good is it to know that there are others out there trying to process the same kinds of things that you are?.
I was chatting with a friend the other day. She asked a question that I have considered many times over.
What was the question you ask?
“How in the world do people who do not know Christ personally, manage in their lives when everything comes unglued?”
The truth is; they don’t.
They get addicted to things like drugs, alcohol or work; and engage in all sorts of behaviors that dull, numb, or otherwise cover up their fear, and pain, and sorrow,
Our conversation put me in mind of a blog post that I made on October 3, 2011; about fear and how we face it without coming unglued.
I share it with you here.
Rocking Chairs and Tornadoes
With all the news as of late about natural disasters, it is really difficult to
“Be not afraid.” or “Fear not.”
Some events in our lives may make us feel like we are in those disasters, even though physically, we may not be.
You know what I mean don’t you?
Are there things going on in your life that have the potential to strike sorrow and fear into you?
If we compared these disasters, what would we find they have in common?
I never gave this question much thought until I heard Nate Berkus recount his experience of being swept away in a tsunami.
In the water with him were telephone poles, barbed wire, parts of trees and people’s homes …. and people.
All these things were swirling around him and beating his body, all the while he was fighting for his very life.
Is that how you feel right now?
Is the debris of your life beating you while you are struggling to keep your head above it all?
Are sorrow and fear and loss threatening to engulf you?
Do your circumstances feel like they are beating the life out of you?
Consider this picture.
Your life is a tornado.
Debris is flying everywhere and the mayhem of it all is causing you mass confusion.
You are swirling around with this mess and there is no exit.
This is not too much of a stretch, if you are like many of the people you know.
The fact is, you may recognize some of those folks in the havoc, right along with you!
Now push the pause button, and consider a different picture.
The tornado is still there.
The debris is still flying and the mayhem is still circling you.
The difference is that YOU aren’t anywhere to be found in the mass confusion.
YOU are firmly planted in the middle of the eye of that storm.
YOU are seated in a rocking chair.
What does that mean?????
Firmly seated in a rocking chair, in the eye of the storm?
The peace of your Father God is planted deeply in your heart.
YOUR heart is full of the knowledge that He is aware and in total control.
To be sure, there still may be sorrow and loss, but YOU do not have to live with fear.
How do I know this?
First off, I’ve had my fair share of living in fear.
Secondly, the Word of God plainly states that if you know Him, if you receive what His Son Jesus did for you on the cross, then you need not be afraid.
I believe the word of God to be true.
So when He says not to be afraid (found over 80 times) in the Bible,
I choose to obey.
Notice I said “choose”. Being afraid is not a sin.
What you do with it could be.
You get to make that choice.
The only thing you are to fear is God.
That is a different fear.
Not spooky, creepy fear, but a fear that is defined as being in awe of Him.
Here’s the ask. For today.
Use the following verses in your circumstances. Today.
We can truly only do it for today.
Choose to let God be in control of your chaos. Today.
Choose to sit in that rocking chair and relax while He takes on everything that would set your heart to fear. Today.
This is not an easy task. The world we live in caters to fear. Its goal is to make us afraid.
Just look at the nightly news. (No wait, maybe you shouldn’t)
At any rate, giving your fear to God will get easier with practice.
Note: Remember ~ Doctors practice. Lawyers practice. Athletes practice.
Why do they do so? To get better at what they do.
I encourage you to practice not being afraid.
Choose to sit and rest on your rocker, while God handles things.
Hebrews 13:6 (ESV) So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
John 14:27 (ESV) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Matthew 10:31(ESV) Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (AMP) Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.
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Your use of sitting in a rocking chair in the eye of the storm accurately illustrates how being with God in times of need feels to any who truly believe.
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Great points well written! Since we are instructed so many times to not fear, it is obvious that fear is a major obstacle in life. In your initial introduction, you stated the question, “How in the world do people who do not know Christ personally, manage in their lives when everything comes unglued?”
Your response was that they don’t with a list of things they attempt to fill the void with.
In my personal experience, I grew up believing that knowing Christ personally meant believing a doctrine about Christ and saying ‘the sinner’s prayer’. Then I came to realize that knowing Christ PERSONALLY was much different than know about Him through certain doctrines. Once I began applying the change (transformation of mind), I began experiencing a whole new level of peace in the storm.
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Perfect point. I have found that as well. I know about Mother Teresa, even though I never knew her in person. The difference is between knowing ABOUT Christ, and having a RELATIONSHIP.
Thanks for taking time to comment!