Facing Your Fears and Moving Forward-Part 2 of 9

Welcome to part 2 of my 9-part series reflecting on fears confronted, lessons learned, and progress made – and then taking all that to build a plan for success as we focus forward on the second half of 2013.

Yesterday I reflected on fears that I have faced in 2012 and earlier this year. Today, I wanted to share an excerpt  written by author Max Lucado from his book, Traveling Light:

“Isn’t it likely that fear is one of the emotions Jesus felt? One might even argue that fear was the primary emotion. He saw something in the future so fierce, so foreboding, that He begged for a change of plans–> ‘Father, if You are willing, take away this cup of suffering from Me…’ (Luke 22:42).

Jesus was more than anxious; He was afraid.

Fear is worry’s big brother. If worry is a burlap bag, fear is a trunk of concrete. It wouldn’t budge.

How remarkable that Jesus felt such fear. But how kind that He told us about it.

We tend to gloss over our fears. Cover them up. Keep our sweaty palms in our pockets, our nausea and dry mouths a secret.

Not so with Jesus. We see no mask of strength. But we do hear His request for strength–> ‘Father, if You are willing, take away this cup of suffering from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done’ (Luke 22:42).

The first One to hear Jesus’ fear was His Father. He could have gone to His mother. He could have confided in His disciples. He could have assembled a prayer meeting. All would have been appropriate, but none were His priority. He went first to His Father.

How did Jesus endure the terror of crucifixion? He went first to the Father with His fears.

Don’t avoid life’s Gardens of Gethsemane. Enter them. Just don’t enter them alone. And while there, be honest. Pounding the ground is permitted. Tears are allowed. And if you sweat blood, you won’t be the first.

Do what Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane; open your heart. And be specific. Jesus was. Give God the details…He has plenty of time. He also has plenty of compassion.

Jesus doesn’t think your fears are foolish or silly. He won’t tell you to ‘buck up’ or ‘get tough.’ He’s been where you are. He knows how you feel.

Jesus, at this very moment, is protecting you…Evil must pass through Christ before it can touch you. And God will ‘never let you be pushed past your limit; He will always be there to help you come through it’ (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Just knowing that helps dispel fear, doesn’t it? Lord, thank You for bringing calm to the storms of my fears.”

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 Shared with Facebook Public by Noetic Alchemy.

This was quite a revelation for me – really, how often do we almost literally worry ourselves sick over something, and if that worry goes unchecked, it grows steadily into overwhelming fear? Yet, many times, the things we spent so much time worrying and fearful about, turn out to be unfounded and never materialize.

Have you ever thought about the connection between worry and fear? How do you usually handle them?

 

6 thoughts on “Facing Your Fears and Moving Forward-Part 2 of 9

  1. Love this post. Isn’t it so true though? How much time do we waste on worry? Jesus says not to worry because it doesn’t add a day to your life.

    He said that the troubles of tomorrow will be there so just enjoy today.

    Rest in him, place your cares on him and relax.

    I am super glad that he doesn’t say ‘buck up’ or ‘toughen up’ or stop being so ‘sensitive’. He truly gets me.

    Many times I will express anger in my time with God because this is what I’m feeling. Often times we don’t allow ourselves to express this emotion but who better to share it with? God can heal you or comfort you in your anger.

    You should check out the song : Hold me Jesus by Rich Mullins. Many nights when I was single, this was my comfort.
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  2. Thank you for sharing that moving post about Jesus’ fear. You’re so right about worry. By the time the thing you’re worried about has come, things have moved on and the circumstances are different.
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  3. Karen,
    Thank you so much for this reminder. I don’t tend to think about Christ being anxious or fearful, but of course he was. Contemplating those moments without God and the crucifixion must have been terrifying. This is so encouraging to me, and I really needed to read this TODAY. Thank you again.
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