A guest blog post by Heidi Dennis
So, I’m driving down the road one day and I see an ambulance. Suddenly, this thought hits me like a torpedo- “My husband was just out riding his road-bike. What if he was in an accident? What if this ambulance is for him? I just KNOW it’s for him!” My head is about two seconds from imploding and my heart is beating out of my chest. But then another thought struck me- “Wait a second, I have had this feeling before. I felt this same fear the last time that my husband went on a bike ride and he came home perfectly safe.” The fear that I felt before was suddenly replaced by peace when I realized this crucial truth- fear isn’t a premonition that something bad is about to happen.
What a relief! You see, fear is not God trying to “warn” you or “prepare” you. Fear is not a tool that God uses in our lives (other than the whole “fight or flight” kind of fear that hits you when you’re about about to get run over by a semi-truck. That type of fear I’d recommend paying attention to unless you want to be roadkill). The fear that I’m talking about here is the case of the “what ifs”. Do you know what I’m talking about? It’s the kind of fear that comes out of nowhere. It isn’t based on a real threat- just the fear that something bad is about to happen. It usually encompasses that thing that we are most terrified of if it happened. For me, it has been the fear of losing a loved one. For you, it may be the fear of the earth being struck by a meteor or being attacked by a clown (no judgement here). Whatever it is, fear knows right where to hit, does it not?
Another funny thing about fear (if you can call fear funny) is that it also seems to hit when things are going “a little too good”. Have you noticed this? It’s like that point in a movie when the happy music is playing and you think, “Oh man, someone’s about to die.” The sad thing is, we can’t even enjoy it when things are going well because we are constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. We look around at all of the pain and tragedy in the world and think “well, I’m about due.” But that fear that you are feeling, dear friend, isn’t a premonition that something bad is about to happen.
In fact, I’ve noticed something about the seasons preceding tough times. During the times in my life when I felt God was actually preparing me for something, I didn’t feel fear- I felt PEACE. When God is preparing you for something, he will bring reassurance, comfort and peace. And the craziest thing happens in the process- He helps you through it. He literally gives you everything that you need to face any circumstance. Think about something for a moment- if you knew that your child was about to face something really scary that was going to shake them to their core, would you EVER try to prepare them by introducing them to more fear? “Now, Jimmy, something really really bad is about to happen. It’s going to be really hard and devastating so you’d better get ready! Be afraid. Be very afraid.” Ummmm, no. We reassure them that everything is going to be ok. We let them know that they aren’t alone. We walk through it with them. Why in the world would we think our Heavenly Father would treat us any differently than we would our own kids?
Anything that we face in this life, as tough as it is, we have an amazing Protector Who walks through it with us. He helps us. He prepares us- not with fear- but with the peace that comes only from knowing that He has your very best well-being at heart.
What about you? Have you ever had a case of the “what ifs?” What types of fear have you wrestled with? Comment below or join the conversation at https://m.facebook.com/heidid831/