“Go ahead, jump!”
“No mama, I’m scared!”
“Just jump! I’ll be right under you. I promise. When you feel like your wings won’t flap any more, I’ll be there to nudge you along! You can’t stay in the nest forever!” I imagine if I listen carefully, I can hear God’s voice telling me the same thing:
Just jump, no need to be afraid! Don’t let your fear hold you back!
But Lord, I’ll fall.
I’ll catch you!
“Henry! Come out of your shell!”
“No, Mama, there’s big people out there. They’ll hurt me!” Ellen, it’s time for you to trust me, and venture out of the safety of your shell. You’ll never grow, unless you do.
But, Lord, I’m comfortable here. It’s safe.
Ellen, imagine if the butterfly never left the cocoon, or the flower was afraid to bloom!
I’m a fearful person. My husband calls me cautious. Safe. Not a risk taker.
I could write a book about all the fears I’ve had. It would have about 100 chapters – maybe more. This blog could be exclusively about fear: Ordinary Fear, with a Splash of Phobia! I’m an expert.
I wish I could offer you a three step solution to dissolve any fears you have. I can’t. I can tell you this: Your fears, and mine, hold us back from the abundant life Christ wants us to have.
We can stay in the nest, where it’s safe and warm and we’re taken care of. We can hide in our shell so that we never get hurt. That’s where Satan wants us. Careful. Safe. Harmless. Never taking risks for the Lord. Never growing. Is that where you want to be? Me either!
I like how the Amplified Bible states John 10:10:
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
Satan wants to steal our abundance and destroy our lives. Christ wants us to have a life that is full to overflowing!
A few years back, I started stepping out of my comfort zone. I don’t know exactly what changed. I guess I realized life is too short to be safe. I found that when I take steps that stretch me beyond my own abilities, God is going to take me on an adventure! I’ll be scared, but I’ll be soaring!
Ohhh, the freedom of flying when I jump out of the nest! The freedom of stretching out of the shell and not being frightened! Facing fears with Christ, is finding freedom in Christ.
Will I be parachuting out of an airplane anytime soon? Nope, not on the bucket list. Do I always step out in fearless faith? No, sometimes the old fears hold me hostage. But I’m not letting Satan and my fears hold me back the way I used to.
My prayer is that you won’t either…and that you’re not a slow learner like I am!
Go ahead, just jump!
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
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