As I think about all that the word FEAR implies I envision one of the scenes from Arachnophobia where the main character, Dr. Ross Jennings (played by Jeff Daniels) helplessly watches as a deadly spider crawls towards him but instead of running, or even desperately searching for something to kill it, he is completely paralyzed by his fear and unable to react in any way. Earlier in the movie he explained that his fear began when he was just a baby laying in his crib and could only watch as a spider crawled up his leg, onto his body and then his face with no one there to stop it.
His childhood fear tormented him his entire life and had become a paralyzing reality even though as an adult he now had all the power to stop it.
And so it is for so many of us.
Whether the fear is irrational or not is irrelevant if it paralyzes us in any area of our lives as we become incapable of "stopping it".
Many of us fear failure, disappointment, criticism, ridicule, sometimes we even fear success.
Our childhood fears follow us, taunting us and reminding us that we're not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough. Hurtful words spoken to us become our deadly tormentors and we become paralyzed, unable to move forward to become who we were created to be.
At one point in the movie another character named Collins asked Dr. Jennings to move towards one of the spiders to distract it. Dr. Jennings responded that he was scared to death and Collins replied, "Yeah, we all are, but our brains secrete a neurotransmitter that enables us to deal with them." "I don’t think I have that particular neurotransmitter." rebutted Dr. Jennings, right before he did exactly what he thought he couldn’t do. He moved forward to face the very thing that he feared most.
We’re all capable of overcoming FEAR in our lives not because of what is in us but because of WHO is in us, as He enables us to move forward to become all that He created us to be.
Joyce Meyer wrote a book titled Do It Afraid! She says, "Giving in to fear alters God's best plan for your life. So use the power of God's Word to do what He wants you to do...even if you have to do it afraid!"
The hardest part is taking the first step, but it's through faith that we’re able to take another and another until we believe that there is nothing to fear but fear itself and that we have the power within us to stop it.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Push through, fearlessly forward, until fear gives way to faith!