“Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.” Isaiah 54:4
Have you ever been trapped by water? Where you are in over your head, and the power of the wave or the current is so strong that you cannot overcome it? Perhaps you cannot tell which way is up because you are being thrown head over teakettles by the surf. Or you are being dragged along and under – with nothing to hang on to and no one within sight to help. In all cases, there is a fear that takes over as you are unable to find air…
It is possible to be drowning emotionally. It is possible to not be able to see, to not be able to handle the pressures of life, to not be able to get any sort of footing at all. Trauma can bring on a emotional tsunami. And where do you turn when you are upside down in the ocean of despair? Obviously, to God. But how does God help? Does He reach His Holy Hand from Heaven and rescue you? Maybe. Does He send someone your way to chat – to encourage – to speak to you? Sometimes. Does He orchestrate your circumstances so you will hear the perfect song or hear the perfect sermon? Yep.
He also has written a book. The Words He used are alive. They are organic – like your body – and they go into your heart and do marvelous works of rebirth, restoration, renewal.
At a time (or a thousand times) when I have been overcome by drowning fear, the first two words of Isaiah 54:4 have been my “air.” God said, “Fear NOT.” Therefore, in order to be in God’s will, in order to be obedient, I must put aside my fear. For one second, I choose God. Breathe. Air. God. (Side-note: Did you know that Scripture is “God breathed..”) Anyway, Isaiah 43:2 tells me why I need not fear. Because God is with me and He is stronger than my emotional dysfunction. Isaiah 43:2 is NOT talking (just) about physical water. It is a promise for overwhelming situations that trap you. It is a promise that, even your emotions, which can threaten your very existence, are no match for God.
I am so grateful for the Words God uses to teach me what is true. For me, there is no other way to make “it” stick. The “it” is healing, right thinking, hope. I’m just not smart enough or strong enough or clever enough to get “it” any other way.
“Fear NOT” my friend. God says so…