I received a phone call just the other day from a very dear friend. She was very distraught, hurt, and I could hear the fear in her voice as she shared with me the issue troubling her. Of course I will hold private the content of our conversation but I will share with you the one element I cannot get out of my mind. She was afraid.
She wasn’t afraid for her physical safety or anything like that, but she was scared for her future. She was hurting on the inside and the tears crowded our conversation from time to time. It was very difficult to listen to because I have a very close connection to her. We’ve been friends for a very long time. She’s a good hearted person and hearing her heart being wrenched into pieces was very hard. I wanted to reach through the phone and hug her.
We prayed together and I offered what words of comfort I could but it got me to thinking later after the phone call. What is it that people, people of faith, actually fear or worry about? Sure, there are a myriad of things under the sun that can happen and create fear in someone’s heart… but should it? Should we have fear in our hearts? My question has nothing to do with whether we can be scared or frightened by something. I’m a motorcycle rider and believe me I get scared from time to time when I’m out on those California highways!!! I think fear is a very human emotion. If you live and breathe I doubt you can escape it over the course of your life. No, what I’m talking about is what happens when one peers into the future. There is a difference I think between the fear you have when you think you hear a sound outside in the dark of night and what you might feel when you realize that your nest egg is gone. The difference isn’t just one of time either. One seems to go deeper. My friend’s fear was centered on what she thought or believed she was going to lose. It was a fear that was digging into the morrow of her spirit and soul. I could hear this very clearly.
If you are a Christian, then you have most likely heard the verse in Psalms 34:17-20 which says,
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”
Very comforting in my mind are these words…but then again, this appeal will vary from person to person. In my friend’s case, she wasn’t focusing on the promises spoken in this passage of scripture. What she was focusing on was a void, a pending tragedy that she had no control over. She was forgetting about what her faith taught her. The turmoil she was going through was, in my opinion, designed to do just that and prevent her from accessing the resources set before her. This happens to us all in some respect or to some degree. The difference is what we actually believe about ourselves and Him who called us to victory and prosperity.
I believe the key to staying positioned in such a way as to NOT lose sight of God’s promises to us is attitude and relationship. We must believe what He has said to us. This is attitude. We can improve our attitude by fostering our relationship with Him and other like- minded individuals. The stronger our relationship the more unshakeable our attitude will be. If you have the mind that is unshakeable, then you will always recall passages such as Psalms 34:17-20 when the noise of life attempts to distract you from your purpose. This is what I am praying for with my dear friend. I am reminding her of who she is and who our Father is. I am also reminding you my dear reader that you are not alone. No matter what you face in this life, you are not alone. Let that thought comfort you and help you seek clarity during the rainy season.
I am also going to eat a large helping of this for myself! I have been sitting on the fence with respect to the Empower Network. There are other products available in the network that I can sell as an affiliate but I have been dragging my feet unsure about what ramifications await me lol. I have been looking down the road and feeling a bit fearful about failure! So now it’s time to practice what I preach, pray, and dive in. We will keep you posted!