Job 27:20 - Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.
Fear. It can overtake you in a moment, as the floodwaters engulf you. You never know from day to day how things will be. Will you give in to fear again and let it rule your life?
Fear is a common emotion, one that is experienced by both the healthy mind and those who are in emotional pain.
For the healthy mind, fear acts like a warning system alerting you to up and coming danger; such as fear of burning yourself. You watch your hands more carefully when cooking on your stove and avoid getting burnt.
Another fear is fear of getting in a car accident. One way we avoid that is to slow down and stop when the traffic light turns yellow.
But for those in emotional pain, their fears consist of irrational situations that may never happen. Such as the fear of being bitten by a spider. Think it through and realize the risk is almost nonexistent because spiders typically hide in corners and under things not out in the open.
Another irrational fear is the fear of breaking down and losing it in a public place. The fear of losing control is strong. It causes you to be afraid of crowds, so you don’t leave your home.
Fear in and of itself does not have to overtake us like a flood. We don’t have to be afraid.
Find some ways to learn how to face your fears in the article, "Why Being Afraid is a Good Thing," on whitneyhansen.com such as respecting your fears because listening to your fears might help you figure out the underlying message of them.
The floodgates of fear can open and bring a deluge of water spilling into our lives. With God’s help let’s build a dam of courage and keep those fears at bay.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.