Have you ever been so overcome by fear that it has overshadowed every part of your being?Photo Credit: Flickr/Sarah Huck
That is how I felt this past week. My husband was due to go all the way to the U.S.A. from our home in New Zealand for three weeks. The craziest, worst-case-scenario scenes of plane, train, and automobile accidents were flashing before my eyes at record breaking speed.
You see, twelve years ago I went through a huge family tragedy, and the trauma and fear of loss still affect me when it comes to my loved ones taking long trips (will share about my experience with you in the near future).
Paralysing Response to Fear
I simply could not manage to pull myself out of the mental rut of imagining my husband lying in a ditch somewhere, no matter how hard I tried.
I felt as though I was in a deep pit, and closed myself in allowing only a select few with me into the darkness:
- My thoughts
- Distraught emotions
- Plans of how I’ll manage should the worst occur
- Hurt as though something awful had already occurred
- And Anger at all of the above.
What I didn’t realize, my friend, was that God was in that pit with me, as He is with you in your deepest time of need, too. He is all you need. Even though your fear may blind you, God will lead you graciously by the hand to a place where you can see.
God’s Intervention in the Midst of Fear
For me, this came in the most unexpected place – my Inbox!
The day when my fears seemed to culminate into the most all-encompassing anxieties, I opened an email that I received from WomenLivingWell.org, and what should the title be?
5 Ways to Worry Less About Your Husband’s Safety
I literally could not believe my eyes when I read those words, and the brilliant, yet simple suggestions that Courtney laid out.
I cried, prayed, and went to sleep.
I woke up the next morning with the greatest peace.
Fear was gone.
Such is the work of our great and awesome God!
This was not my doing. I was unable to lift myself out of the miry pit. God used the encouragement of a precious sister in the Lord, through a blog post, to reach me in my time of darkness.
The Worst Case Scenario of Fear
Because, really… if you think about it for a moment, even if the “worst” happened, it would actually be the best that could possibly come to pass, from God’s perspective.
You can trust that out of God’s perfect and holy love for you, He simply would not allow anything into your life that He did not sovereignly ordain for you to handle, with His help and strength. Any circumstance that God prescribes for your life, is ultimately for your best, and for His glory. That thought alone can be life-changing!
The Relief of Getting Over Fear
Well, my husband did make it safely to his destination. We are 19 hours time difference apart, he is driving on the “wrong” side of the road, and I have no control over the situation. But the Lord’s peace is reigning still in my heart.
He is your rock, my friend, and no matter what happens, you can know that your loved ones are dwelling safely in the palm of His beautiful Hand!
These words in Psalm 40:2-3 display my experience so well:
Have you ever experienced gripping fear? How has the Lord helped you to overcome it?
Even though your fear may blind you, God will lead you graciously by the hand to a place where you can see. (click to tweet)
Any circumstance that God prescribes for your life, is ultimately for your best, and for His glory. (click to tweet)
Bonus Tweetable: Jack Hyles: “Do not ask for fears to be removed; ask for courage equal to the fears.” (click to tweet)