-written by Betsie Richards
Ever wake up with a mouse in your hair?
I have and it’s quite a story, especially coming from someone who hates/fears mice, snakes, lizards, frogs, spiders, and clowns. Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll ever die from a heart attack or I would have that night for sure. (Ask me for the story if you guys ever need a good laugh.)
On some level, we all struggle with fear and worries. Sometimes it’s over seemingly ridiculous things like small reptiles, but sometimes it’s over pretty significant things like your mom having cancer, financial concerns, losing a job or even a loved one.
I read a quote from Beth Moore’s Breaking Free study that says, “Anything we exalt over God in our thoughts or imaginations is an idol.” Woah. Anything huh? Including the fears that I allow to take over my thoughts and influence the way I act? That’s pretty tough to swallow since idolizing is sin.
I have a bad habit of letting my imagination run wild. It starts with a little thought (aka “fear”). It usually sounds something like, “What if this?,” then, “what if that?,” and next thing I know, I’ve created the worse possible scenario in my mind. For me, this can cause a vicious cycle. When my fears and insecurities take priority, that increases the possibility that my focus comes off of Christ. Once my focus is off, I become more likely to believe the enemies lies which only compound my fears.
How do we combat this? I’ve found it takes a combination of things, the first being prayer. One particular verse has brought me much comfort this year.
I prayed to the LORD (Yahweh, Covenant Maker and Keeper) and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. – Psalm 34:4, added descriptors mine
The LORD made me a promise and He will be faithful to keep it. Does this mean my fears will never become reality? No. Does it mean He will never leave me or forsake me? Yes! (see also Psalm 100:5)
The second for me is being in the Word. His Word gives us power; it isn’t old, irrelevant, or meaningless. God says in Isaiah 55:11, “It is the same with my Word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” If we aren’t in the Word, how will we ever find relief from our fears and allow it to produce fruit in our lives? Especially the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control, gentleness (Galatians 5:22-23)? I don’t know about you, but that’s a fruit basket I’ll gladly take! I can’t encourage you enough to get in the Word, I promise it will come to you when you need it most. Even with a mouse in your hair….
This Sunday, June 3, we kick-off a new series and we’re singing a new song that goes right along with the idea of overcoming our fears through Christ. Be sure to give them a listen this week before we gather together!
Betsie has been attending SoHills for nearly 20 years. You may have seen her serving on stage with the band, but she also serves behind the scenes with the Women’s Committee. She has worked at Carrollton ENT for over 20 years. She loves spending time with her family and friends, watching her niece play softball, her nephew play basketball, and any moment possible at the beach.