How I was Afraid but Learned not to Fear
Day Two of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes with prompt “afraid”
The word prompt today is “afraid”.
This word means a lot to me. As a shy, nervous child and teenager, I felt fear about many things. I didn’t like speaking up in class. I didn’t want to join anything new. I didn’t speak to many people. The only time I could be myself was in my loving home.
Glasses exacerbated my shyness . Not the fashion glasses of today — but the “boys don’t make passes with girls who wear glasses” type of glasses made me feel very insecure. So I didn’t wear them unless I had to. For that reason I couldn’t see anyone who smiled at me. That made me even seem more shy.
Prescription sunglasses helped considerably.
I also grew very tall at a young age. By grade eight I was 5 feet 10 inches. That made me the tallest in the class — taller than the boys.
Then there was the story about my how my great-grandfather fell off a roof and died as a result. That made me have a fear of heights.
Fear holds us back. But God tells me there is nothing to fear.
“say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you (Isaiah 35:4, NIV).””
Finally, when I gave my life to Christ my fears vanished. It’s been a long journey. But I am not afraid of heights, speaking in front of people, doing something new, or going where God calls me to go.
And in my Bible Art I have painted the first verse I memorized when I said yes to Jesus. Philippians 4:6–7.
I wrote another post about on fear:
May I pray for you and me?
Lord Jesus, there are many things to fear on this earth. Help us to look to You and not at the fear. By keeping You in front of us we believe we can go where You lead us. Help us to not be afraid. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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