Recently, while walking my Golden Retriever, as we approached a pond lined with mama, papa, and baby ducks; unexpectedly, I learned something about fear. Maddie, our six-year old dog has near-obsessive interest in paper products of all varieties (crazy, I know), along with balls, rabbits, and squirrels, but not ducks! Well, as we came closer to the ducks, the quacking from the mamas and papas got louder, had increasingly less and less time between “quacks,” and sent off a general sense of alarm to all who could hear. Just as we were about to reach the sidewalk across from the pond and the ducks, each duck made a take-off for the pond. Meanwhile, Maddie and I very peacefully kept walking past them, laughing inside and outside – well, at least I did!
As we finished our walk that morning, I realized that I am a lot like those ducks. As I survey circumstances and people without a knowledge of the truth, I too, want to flee out of fear. The truth was that Maddie posed no threat to those ducks, and they got wet because they did not know the truth! A long-term, frequent, and stressful situation I encounter has caused my webbed feet to take-off, too. It seems that the Lord used the ducks to show me that because I choose not to operate in the truth, (i.e. not to fear people), that I too, get soaked from the waters of fear. Additionally, I realized that the person I have feared does not represent the level of threat that I had once believed. It would be impossible to recount to you the many times I have left dry, peaceful ground for the nearest water hole attempting to escape that which was clearly not a threat. Hindsight says, “ouch, and learn!”
Can you relate to fearing a person or a seemingly threatening circumstance? If so, we are in good company! God’s desire for us, is that we choose to be still in Him amidst threats and potential threats, reminding ourselves that He is God, not the person or the possible circumstance. The enemy’s strategy is to paralyze us from walking out the Lord’s daily purposes for our lives by tempting us to walk in fear. Meanwhile, God is holding out His hand to us, asking if we want to take a casual stroll right past the people and circumstances that appear to be a threat. Will you choose to take hold of His hand today, as He walks you right past the fears? If so, I believe that He will reveal to you more and more of His heart towards you and the truth about what or whom you have feared. Lord, please strengthen us not to flee from the truth when the enemy says, “Quack.” : )
“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10