Hebrews 13:6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Years ago when our oldest sons were young, we went to Six Flags over Georgia. Although I’m the one in our family who had a fear of heights and was allergic to roller coasters, it was my fate to accompany the boys on a couple of rides that I would never have chosen.
I have such a vivid memory of standing in line for this super rollercoaster, dreading every minute of it, while all the children and other adults around me were so excited they could hardly stand it. Then there was the parachute drop! Again it was my fate to accompany Jamie on it. While in line I was timing things so I knew just how long it would take to ascend and drop.
Our turn came and we sat on the tiny board that passed for a seat. It felt like it was about 4” wide and that I was going to slide off even though we were belted in. Then, instead of hitting the button to send us up, the guy forgot and turned to the second parachute – prolonging my agony. He finally turned, saw his mistake – and hit the button As we ascended, seemingly forever, I kept telling myself I would live through this. By the time we got to the top, the board underneath me felt like it was 2” wide.
Needless to say, I lived. I can laugh now, but fear is a reality of life. Life is filled with opportunities that seem to have fear associated with them. While sometimes it can be healthy, and keep us safe, often it is a barrier that we must overcome to accomplish what we need or want to do. Rather than viewing fear as a negative and being repulsed by it, see it as a sign of an opportunity to grow. It is triggered by the risk involved which is a key component of growth opportunities.
Sometimes fear will still be a companion – like with me when I fly. But with God as our helper we can keep fear in its place and thrive in the opportunities that come – whether they be cold calling, speaking in a meeting or going on a mission trip to Afghanistan. It’s important that we see that often fear is not a barrier – but a doorway. With God’s help, we can walk through it.