~week one~day four~
Overcoming the Fear of Pain and Joy
We fear the gamut of life’s difficult experiences. We fear deep love and of being alone. We fear personal change but don’t want to stay the same forever. We fear raising children, but most of us take the risk anyway. We fear having an empty life and also being too busy for the little things. We fear.
I like to be alone and find much of my peace in solace. But if I look deeply at myself, I fear facing the trials and responsibilities of this world alone. Alone is probably my biggest fear. I acknowledge this, while at the same time, I know the promise that He never leaves or forsakes us. We fear the spectrum of the human experience in a rather ironic way.
As my dad faced the end of his days, his favorite verse became He will never leave me or forsake me. Deuteronomy 31:6. I don’t know the depth of his fear of death. But I saw pure strength and wisdom arise out of his conquest of fear. The full verse says Be Strong and Courageous for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. When someone is with you for always, you can be strong and courageous.
Fear runs in and through what we see as pain and trials. But it also runs in and through what we envision as our most precious joys. Overcoming fear brings us both out of trials and into joy. Simple truths like He will never leave us or forsake us usher us right through fear.