Just because we feel afraid about doing something doesn’t mean it’s the wrong thing to do.
Many times, doing what’s right is going to be scary – and that’s a natural human reaction. But if that “thing” requires us to fully trust in the Lord for strength to do it, it may just mean we’re doing exactly what we need to do. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV).
This may look like: having that terrifying conversation, taking that job or opportunity we’ve been agonizing over, getting on that flight, letting go of that expectation, or continuing to walk through a really painful season. Or a myriad of other things, that may be very personal to you.
There are exceptions. Sometimes it’s scary because it very well should be. “It” is not for us. And our body, and the Holy Spirit alive within us are letting us know something is not right.
We won’t always make the determination or face the scary thing perfectly. This life is a hard, very messy journey at times. And experiences of past hurt and trauma can make fear a very confusing, triggering emotion to feel.
But, Scripture tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
Let us trust that He will help us to discern the difference in the fear we feel. And if this is hard, let us consider that we have a patient, good Heavenly Father who welcomes the honest prayers of his children when we say this is difficult and scary for us to do.