By: Stacy Ferguson
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Even before our feet hit the floor in the morning there are a million temptations to allow our minds to wander into fear. Once we are out there with our feet on the pavement the rush of fears can become overwhelming and take away what little breath we have left in our lungs. Fear is lurking everywhere.
I sat at home on the couch completely unaware of the weather outside when a loud crack and boom echoed through the walls. All at once the sound of rain bombarded my roof and my first thought went to our miracle pup who has never seen or heard a storm like the one that just rolled in. I knew this could go one of two ways, either he would not be bothered at all by it, fingers crossed, or he would become terrified and we would have an anxious nutty pug pup running around in terror. Wouldn’t you know it there was a third option, Winston looked straight at me to see what I did and I didn’t react to the storm but instead I reacted to him. I talked to Mr. Winston and he turned his head back and forth listening intently to all the words I said and the tone in which they were said. Then he ran to the back door with me. I opened the door to a world of water rushing down in buckets and flooding our parched yard so quickly that the water level was rising quickly up and to our back door. He watched from behind me and I continued to talk to him about how God was watering the yard and how it was safe and the next thing I knew he was curious and stepping out in front of me to see the beauty of God watering His earth. For the next hour he ran from the front door to the back door demanding it be opened so he could see what had happened in the last few moments since we looked. Just when I thought we were done back to the front door to see the water rolling down the road and filling the flower beds and then once more coming and jumping on me to open the back door just to see the wonders that were unfolding from the sky.
God does the same thing with us. Those moments when we are completely oblivious to the outside world when the enemy booms and echoes trying to temp the fear to overtake our hearts and paralyze us, God is there with us waiting for us to look at Him. He waits patiently ready to talk with us and tell us of His mighty power and His mighty strength. He is not even addressing the fear that is booming in our ears but gently taking our hands and reminding us we are in Him and we get to stand in His mighty strength (Ephesians 6:10). He tells us His story, all of who He is, and reminds us He has already won. The victory is His. He, then, generously waits with us at the door He has opened while whispering all He already knows that lies ahead and how He will be with us every step of the way (Deuteronomy 31:8).
I learned something this evening from our miracle baby Winston, he never took his eyes or ears off of me. He put ultimate trust in me regardless of what was happening outside. He took his every que from my reaction and my voice and never once questioned it but instead was filled with excitement for all he was seeing and going through whether it was good or bad. See, if we keep our eyes and ears on God and only listen to His voice all those storms, all those fears, all those temptations to be paralyzed by fear will have no power in our lives. Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Let’s look to God and allow Him to drown out the echoes and temptations of fear as we walk with Him through the doors He opens and leads us through.