FEAR. That is a big word these days and something a lot of people feel and are talking about in this crazy time we are living. One of my friends and I had a talked about fear last week, and we were trying to make sense of why fear was affecting so many people that we know when we feel so differently about our current circumstances. That conversation got me thinking a lot about that word more. There are people that I know right now that are living in complete and utter fear, and it is ruling every single decision that they make. For some it is debilitating because they have allowed it to completely consume them. Those people are struggling in ways they never have before. They don’t know how to manage the things they are feeling, and it is leading to erratic behavior that isn’t doing anyone any good. I am not at all trying to downplay the risks of this virus or the seriousness of it. What I want to talk about is how we cannot let the fear of it completely take over all of our thoughts and emotions.
In our conversation, my friend and I came to the conclusion that our lack of fear was because of our relationship with God, and that is something that those we know who were struggling don’t have. I truly believe that fear is the absence of faith…faith in a mighty God who has total control. I have seen women of incredible faith navigate an illness like cancer with unshakable strength, grace, and gratitude. While those women may have had some fears, they were able to manage them knowing that God was ultimately in control. That knowledge alone was enough to sustain them and give them peace in the midst of the darkest times in their lives. On the flip side, I have also seen women without faith go through the same illness all while crumbling into pieces. They had no one to cry out to in the depth of their fear and despair to bring them peace and comfort. They lived in fear and darkness with very little light seeping in. It is the same when it comes to this virus. My friends who don’t know God are struggling with it so much more than those that know him. Those with faith are rolling with the punches and continuing to live their lives. Yes, we should all be taking precautions, but we still have to live. I cannot even imagine going through something like cancer or this pandemic without my faith…without the belief that no matter what happens, God is with me every step of the way.
Thinking of fear as an absence of faith helps me to understand those that are struggling right now a little better. I know why they feel so lost. They have nothing to place their trust in. That is what leads to their fear the most. The only way to get rid of the fear and to be filled with peace is by placing your trust in the all-seeing, all-knowing God. He is the only person that can truly take away the fear and distrust. Locking yourself inside and isolating yourself with your head filled with worry is not going to make a difference. It may keep you from getting the coronavirus, but it isn’t going to keep your from becoming sick from the anxiety it causes. The fear is always going to be there unless you give it all away to the one who is ultimately in control. He alone can take away your fear. I’m not saying that the cure to all anxiety disorders is faith. Placing your faith in God isn’t going to magically cure you. However, it will fill you with a different kind of peace…the kind of peace you have never known. That peace is the key to healing.
Fear is a liar. It will steal your joy and rob you of so much. Living your life in fear is no way to live at all. If there was a way to rid your body of all that turmoil and uneasiness, wouldn’t you take it? It is right there in front of you. All you have to do is grab hold and let it fill your body, mind, and soul with the peace that passes all understanding. Take that leap of faith, place your trust in God, cast your fears into the fire, and watch them melt away. I truly cannot fathom going through life without my faith. It truly is the answer to facing your fears.
Anchored in FAITH,