We all have monsters under the bed. You know the monsters that creep out when you are at your weakest point and when your defenses are down. Every time I have a really bad flare-up, at some point the monster of fear will begin to rear its ugly head.
I will begin playing the “what if” game. What if the steroids don’t work this time and they are unable to open my airway? What if my kidneys stop working and I have to be admitted to the hospital…again? What if the left side of my heart continues to weaken? What if I don’t get to see my kids grow up? What if I leave Glen a young widow? See how easy this monster can throw my life into complete chaos.
If I am honest with myself, what I am really dealing with is the fear that I am not in control and I want to be. Truly, none of us are in control whether we deal with chronic illness or not, but for some reason when we go through a life changing event like an accident or illness we become more acutely aware of how fragile life really is.
When I allow this fear monster to have control in my life, I begin to view everything through tinted lenses. I lose my focus. I become double-minded, which leads to instability. Untreated, this fear will lead me to becoming ineffective, useless, and 100% miserable.
So what is the solution? Pretend I will never be afraid again? No, of course not! To rid yourself of a monster…you need a super hero. A monster is not something you can defeat alone. Turns out my heavenly Father is in the super hero business. He has all kinds of secret weapons to help me deal with this monster of fear.
1) Fear does not come from God. 2 Tim. 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” God gives me power, love, and a sound mind. Those are some pretty awesome weapons!
2) While I am not in control, God is. Matthew 6:27, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” No matter how much I worry, I can’t change a single solitary thing. If you saw a man trying to push an oak tree down with one hand, you would probably think him a nut. No matter how hard he tries or how much he thinks it through…it just isn’t going to happen. This man is wasting his life on something outside of his power to do. When we worry about things we cannot change, we are doing the very same thing.
In this passage, God then goes on to give beautiful examples of how He cares for nature and the animals and reminds us how much more worth we have to Him. If He lovingly provides for the needs of a flower or a bird, can’t we trust that He will provide and care for us?
3) We are invincible until God calls us home. Psalm 39:5, “Indeed you have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You.” Isn’t it a comfort to know that until our time on earth is complete, nothing can happen to us?
I remember talking with a friend about my fear of flying. I absolutely hate being in an airplane and always worry about what might happen or what could go wrong. My friend told me something I will never forget. She said, “If it wasn’t your time to go, then you would be the one person who walked out of the wreckage.”
Fear is a human emotion we will all face throughout the course of our lives. There wouldn’t be so many verses in Scripture dealing with fear and worry if God didn’t know that this would be a constant struggle. The next time the monster under your bed begins to stir, squash it! Replace your illogical thoughts with truths from God’s Word. Resist and you will watch that monster flee.