They have a new pool. They asked me to join them after a long, hot and humid day. So I did. But I’m no swimmer. I can’t float to save my life. Oh. I took a few swim lessons, but they ended badly. Oh. I got in the pool. Well. I sat on the second step. And watched. And splashed a little.
The others were more adventurous. Some were swimmers. Those who weren’t used noodles. They clung tightly to the noodles, but they ventured out into the deep. Not me. No noodles for me. No deep water for me. As they swam and splashed, the water around me would move. This unsettled me. It felt as if I could slip out into the deep water and plunge to the bottom. My water is moving. I would say. Don’t make my water move.
Oh. Yes. I was fearful of moving into the deep. Of having no control of my surroundings. You see. Water is fluid. Ever moving. Only when it’s frozen does it stop moving.
Oh. I could see myself enjoying the water if I spent enough time in it. The thing is. I don’t have those opportunities. So I played it safe. I sat on the step. Waist deep in the water. Safe. Until my water moved.
The Lord will fight for you. You have only to be silent. Exodus 14:14
Fear of the unknown can stop a person in their tracks. Fear of the known can be very unsettling. Fear of any kind can paralyze and overwhelm. Fear will cloud reasoning and judgment. Fear will keep the one sitting in waist deep water from experiencing the joy and freedom of what the deep has to offer.
God calls us to move out into the deep. To go where we can rely only on his strength. He calls us to move out into the unknown. To trust him and him alone. Oh. It’s easier said than done. But the joy that obedience and submission to God brings is incomparable.
I wonder what I missed out on by refusing to grab onto a noodle. By not being willing to get out of my comfort zone and float in the water. There were those around to help if I struggled. But no. I held onto my fear and didn’t even want my water to move.
I wonder how many blessings I miss out on by allowing fear of the unknown to hold me back. I wonder where God would lead me if I went out into the moving waters of faith knowing that his guiding hand was always holding mine. I wonder why I so easily trust the lies the enemy puts into my mind, but quickly dismiss God’s truths in my heart.
Fear strangles life and enjoyment. Fear will stop you cold. Fear will tell you that you’re not good enough. Fear will whisper that you can’t do the job. But know this. Fear is a liar.
Decide fear will not be your obstacle, as you do the hard thing, and see all the beautiful things you would’ve missed if you’d lived afraid. ~~Rachel Macy Stafford
Fear is A Liar