“FEAR has two meanings. Forget everything and run or face everything and rise.”
That simple post got me thinking and comparing.
Elijah forgot everything and ran when Jezebel threatened.
The three Hebrew Children faced the fiery furnace and came out unscathed.
King Saul forgot everything and sacrificed instead of waiting for Samuel.
King David faced the giant and brought him down.
Joseph’s brothers forgot everything – their family responsibility.
Joseph faced his brothers and showed mercy.
I’m sure there could be more, but the point is clear. Facing our fears has a better outcome than running from them. When we run, we forget God’s promise. By our action, we say we are inadequate to the task. And truly we are, but we are forgetting the power of God within us that counters every fear.
With all the fear associated with this pandemic, it is tempting to wish it would all go away or dream of escaping to the beach or mountains, but that is not the way to face fear. Escaping only delays the inevitable. And, I think of those who cannot escape—the doctors, nurses, and caregivers. They are facing fear head-on, while we stay isolated in our homes. I’m so thankful for these people who are not running!
So how can I face this fear when I am not in the place of responsibility? I thought of four ways.
1. We can hold the frontline workers up in prayer. We face fear through prayer.
2. We can speak calmly to those around us. We face fear by exhibiting courage.
3. We can volunteer where possible. We face fear by positive action.
4. We can keep our heads! We face fear by self-control.
We must remember that we are not the first people in history to face challenging times. The Greatest Generation, and others before them, who faced their life challenges with courage and dignity saw a rise or a blessing after their conflicts.
Our conflict will pass. How we come out on the other side greatly depends on how we face the challenge before us. Will we run? Or will we rise?