>> Sunday, November 22, 2015
As a child I was taught to fear everything. If you rode in a car, you might be in a wreck. If you played with the neighbor children, you would go to hell because they were evil. If it stormed, lightening could strike you…so sit in the middle of the bed and don’t touch anything like scissors. And for sure God was out to get you. Before I did anything, I gave it the fear test. Fear won every time.
I lived like that the first 30 years of my life.
I married, had three children, and then my husband left. I was consumed with fear. Sleep was elusive and my health was deteriorating. I read my Bible for the first time. It said God was love. That’s not what the scriptures I had been taught said. What did I have to lose? And so I turned to the one major object of my fear…God. Would He really get me?
He didn’t. He calmed me and helped me sleep at night.
So over the years I worked on overcoming many fears. Heights. Flying. Financial insecurity. Health issues: especially cancer. What people thought of me. I grew confident enough to re-marry. But little did I know that my years of working on my fears were just training for what was to come.
Three years ago my husband, John, was diagnosed with cancer.
During our cancer journey, we experienced no fear. God was right there each step of the way. This past year was the most difficult, as John’s condition worsened. In the midst of our walk through the valley of the shadow of death, our pastor began a yearlong study on “Fearless Faith”. Sunday after Sunday, John and I were affirmed in our faith.
We had peace until he breathed his last.
Within months of his death, I was given the opportunity to go to Israel…a life long dream of mine. Immediately the warnings began from well-meaning people. “You can’t go there. Something might happen to you. It’s dangerous.”
I went…determining ahead of time I would not allow fear to creep in. It was an amazing trip.
As I look back over the last few years, I am so grateful for that fearless faith. So much could have been destroyed with fear in control.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)