My mom was sick and we were waiting for answers. I was in junior high school and literally sick with worry. I couldn’t concentrate at school and I constantly felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest cutting off my airways. I remember school classes feeling like they would never end – and I just wanted to escape that awful feeling. Fear was becoming normal to me and I was feeling squashed inside.
This is a shared human experience – we all face fear at different times of life. Recently, I sat with an elderly friend who feels helpless in her care home – and I recognized the blazing fear in her eyes that I’ve felt in my spirit before.
Frustration fumed in her voice as she described the helplessness she feels currently in life, unable to do tasks for herself and having others do everything for her – usually doing things differently than she would prefer.
Fear often grows when you know you are not in control. When the roadmap ahead is unclear or nonexistent.
When Jesus gives instructions for overcoming fear – He says perfect love casts out fear.
God is love.
When Moses felt fearful about the future and was seeking God for answers about His life – God didn’t show Moses the future but instead showed Moses more of Who He is. He revealed his glory to Moses and passed by Him powerfully. God didn’t solve Moses problems right away or change his circumstances. He changed Moses’ perspective.
Fear squeezes out the most important priorities of life – Love God. Love people. When fearful thoughts invade, the “invisible important” things and people begin to feel unimportant and autopilot takes over – we do what needs to be done – and have energy for little else.
The tangible important things still get done. The laundry and the bills – but the invisible important like visiting the sick, practicing gratitude, prayer and play get cut from the schedule. There is no energy for such things. Love gets pushed to the sidelines.
The problem is – often it is the unseen important that bring healing, perspective and crush fear.
It is often the unseen important that helps us to see more of who God is. When fear is rising, let the invisible important trump the tangible important in your life.
Stephen Furtick says we bring the natural and God brings the supernatural. He reminds us all that we need to make the effort to make changes in order to experience the good life Jesus intends – to live fear free.
Too often the “tangible important” trumps the “Invisible important” and fear grows.
Jesus lived differently. He always prioritized the seemingly invisible. This is what made his life on earth remarkably rich…
Jesus visited the unpopular tax collector Zacchaeus, who was perched in tree branches to catch a glimpse of the radical Rabbi. Jesus saw the lame man at the city gates, begging and healed him. He noticed the bleeding woman who touched his cloak and received her healing by faith. He valued the children everyone else deemed unimportant.
Keep the invisible important on your schedule.
See more of who God is.
Feel fear flee.