Last week, I went on a mission trip to Spain with my husband and another couple. None of us speak Spanish. We were traveling to Saragossa, which is a couple of hours away from Madrid. Originally, we had rented a car, but after getting to the rental station, we were told that an international driver’s license was required. Uh oh. Worry and fear set in.
But, God did not leave us stranded. He sent an angel along to help us navigate our way.
This sweet girl was at the same car rental place, in the exact same predicament that we were in. She grew up in Venezuela, but was currently living in the USA, so she spoke fluent Spanish and English. Yay! She helped us find a shuttle to the train station. Helped us get a commuter train to the main train, and helped us know what stops we needed to get off of. What could have been a huge struggle ended up being an inconvenience that allowed us to get to know this lovely person.
You would think that after having such an amazing experience of God’s love and care for us, that I wouldn’t so quickly succumb to fear again. But, I did. As the day of our departure approached, my anxiety increased. I kept thinking, “How are we going to navigate all of those trains on our own?” I thought about the stories I had been hearing where individuals were robbed and assaulted. I thought about missing the train and being stranded. The fears were taking over. I’m sure God was shaking his head at me saying, “oh you of little faith.”
As it turned out, my worry was just a lot of wasted energy taking up space in my head. The missionaries that we staid with mapped everything out for us and we navigated the stops and transitions like pros. I wish I could go back and change my thoughts. I wish I could recapture those moments and live them in faith rather than in fear. I missed out of some great last moments of my trip as a result.
Fear keeps us stuck. Faith liberates!
I’m sure you’ve heard of the acronym of FEAR.
E – Evidence
A – Appearing
R – Real
With fear, we are worried and anxious over something that “might” happen. I don’t know about you, but generally speaking, the things that I worry about rarely happen. I usually waste a lot of time on the “what ifs” that never materialize. I’m pretty tired of giving fear so much power over my life. Are you with me?
Instead, let’s allow Faith to be in control!
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1.
We can be certain that God is in control, that he loves us and wants the best for us. We can be sure that he will take care of us even when it seems that there is no way out of our situation. We can trust that he will always be with us, never leave us or forsake us. We can hold fast to his promises and depend on him.
When we walk in faith, we will experience God’s peace and grow in our dependence on him.
I definitely want that!
So, how do we cultivate faith over fear?
I believe the answer is to abide in Christ and in the word. Scripture is full of verses that tell us to FEAR NOT because God is always with us. When we spend time each day in the word, and allow it to fill our minds, it doesn’t leave room for fear.
Fear does not have to be our master. When we notice it cropping up in our thoughts, we don’t have to hold on to those thoughts. We can decide to give them the boot and instead cling tightly to God’s words of comfort and peace.
I encourage you to join me in spending time each day in God’s word. Look up those verses about fear and worry and anxiety and fill your mind by memorizing verses on faith, hope and love instead. You won’t be disappointed.
I’d love to hear from you about your journey in overcoming fear with faith. Leave a comment below to share with us how you are growing in this area.