I saw After Earth a few weeks ago and actually loved it.
I’m usually hesitant when it comes to M Night Shyamalan’s movies (I still haven’t forgiven you for “The Happening”. Plants?! REALLY?!), but it was a free movie ticket from work. I really, really enjoyed it. There were several amazing moments from that movie, but the quote below is one that stuck with me:
“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.” Will Smith in After Earth 2013
I love that quote. It applies to so much that is going on in my life at the moment. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the known. Fear of having control. Fear of losing control. Fear of practically everything I can’t see coming. I tell people that I am spontaneous and love to do things without much thought…LIES! I am those things, but I usually have a planned safety net, ripcord for my parachute in case I jump into something really stupid. I always have a plan A, B, C…you get the point.
But now, things are coming and I honestly can’t see the outcome. I can’t make a plan A, B or C to evade what’s coming without messing up other things. I’m following God’s plan. It’s a good thing, but it’s caused a lot of anxiety because I am giving up control. My fear issues have become so strong that it had me on my knees at my home church. I was up at the alter, trying to stand, but found myself on the ground literally shaking from it. I felt so paralyzed. So badly I wanted to cast my fears on Him. So badly I wanted to release my control and hand over everything. Instead, all I managed to squeak out in prayer: “I’m scared.”
God answered right away:
God: I know you are scared. I need you to breathe. That’s it, deep breath in; deep breath out.
Me: I’m freaking out. I can’t breathe.
God: I know you are. Keep breathing. Remember, you can be scared, but you have to keep moving despite the fear.
Me: I can’t do this.
God: Yes you can. You can do this. Trust me and let go.
Me: God, I can’t…
God: Do you trust me?
God: Let go.
After that conversation, all I could do was be still. You guys, you have no idea how hard it is for me to just be still. My mind races constantly. In that moment, I couldn’t move. I couldn’t think. I could barely sing. I was just still.
I was pretty wiped about from that encounter, as well as the epic dance fest at my friends wedding the previous night. I spent the rest of the day relaxing and sleeping. I felt like I was hit by a semi truck.
I talked to God later on that day, informing Him that I do not want to be scared anymore. I refuse to be ruled by fear. From that conversation, God instructed me to read Hinds Feet on High Places again. It’s an allegory that follows the character Much Afraid, as she makes her way from the Valley of Humiliation to the High Places. Great story. Right now, I really feel like Much Afraid, and God has informed me that I can no longer remain that way.
On Saturday, I listed out my fears in my journal and laid them before the Lord. There are so many, and almost all of them are things that are coming in the future. These fears pop in my head on a daily basis and when they do, God reminds me:
“Hey! What did I tell you about worrying about things that have yet to come? Let me handle it. Focus on today.”
Oh boy, I am trying. All I can do is really try.
My best friend and I hung out on Sunday to make God boxes. It was a great chance to just hang out, talk about our lives and be creative. We will be using these for our prayers, fears, troubles, wishes, hopes, and dreams. Once they go into that box, they are God’s. This is what I ended up with:
I am ending this with a prayer request. I have a job interview coming up with the VA home in July that ultimately sends me home. I’ve been praying for this interview since September and well, it’s finally here. It will be right before my vacation, which adds a whole bunch of complications (in my mind anyway), but it is what God has planned. It’s funny that God put it there, because He knew the dates would make me nervous. And He was right! This is the biggest step in my faith/ trust walk with Him and I am going to keep moving.
Thank you all for reading, praying and commenting whenever I post. Your words are always encouraging to me. I love you all…seriously.