How to Stop Sizing Up Your Fears
I’ve walked that path 100 times before, but the rustle in the bushes up ahead stopped me cold. The stillness of the street at that hour of the morning magnified the sound, sending signals of fear from my mind to my heart.
I immediately began sizing up the fear.
What could it be – a snake, or even a person? Is it really something to be afraid of, or am I just overreacting? Should I keep moving forward, speed up, or turn and run the other direction?
By the time I’d sorted through whether this fear was worth fearing, I’d reached it. No turning back now, the only choice was to forge ahead.
I glanced into the bushes without slowing and discovered the source of my fear. It was a robin, scurrying from branch to branch.
Not anything to fear at all.
There are times in life when we size up circumstances to see if they are worth fearing. If we decide this ‘thing’ is big enough and scary enough, we have time to turn back. If it’s small then we determine to face it. We are bigger than that little thing, so we can take it!
We often forget that God is bigger than every fear.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 NIV
There’s no need to waste time or energy analyzing fears in our minds. This only ends up affecting our spirits. The above scripture tells us what we need to do. If we can turn our thoughts to Him first, fears shrink away.
Let’s commit this verse to memory today and call on it when we are tempted to size up that next fear. Trust in God, and watch your fears fade away.