“Truly the thing that I fear comes upon me,
and what I dread befalls me.”
— JOB 3:25 (NRSV)
WHAT MAY WE SAY about fear in order that we may be able to resolve it?
We are all drawn to many types and various forms of anxiousness, notwithstanding the odd time when we venture into anxiety disorders – whether diagnosed or undiagnosed. Being in fear is a state we hate, because, at that time, we cannot seem to help ourselves from feeling anxious. There is an uneasiness that clings from within and affects how we relate with our world and pummels our confidence with people.
Seeing into our fear in order that we may achieve, through God, a state of ease – restoring our peace – even if we know what peace is – is what anyone in fear seeks.
Seeing into our fear is stepping back into a vein of perspective, whereby we become attuned to the broadness of life, again.
Creating Space Within the Mind
Most of our lives are full with both our experience of the present and demanding schedules. We are told to stay in the present, but that doesn’t help much when the present is already so full of things to think about and issues weighing heavily on our hearts.
We almost need to debunk what we have on our plates, to get out into the backyard, to find ourselves a bit of nature, in order to redeem perspective.
Seeing into our fear is very much a visual metaphor about perspective.
Only when we release ourselves from the burdening present will we have any chance of redeeming this present that God can fill. But God can only fill an empty present; a present that is devoid of the practical concerns of life; a present where the world is let go of.
Letting go is a practised thing; we don’t give up because we are not already perfect. The point is we won’t be perfect, ever. We keep trying and we slowly get better. Persistence pays off. What we can achieve is a good enough platform for letting go in order to redeem God’s perspective – true vision for abundant life.
Fear comes upon us without invitation; it befalls us against our will. When we can see into our fear, God can heal us of it. What we need to do is empty our minds and hearts of the present concerns – letting them go – in order that God would speak into our situations by the ancient tool of perspective.
© 2013 S. J. Wickham.