My fear of falling was greater than the joy of independence. Eventually, I did let go and experienced the freedom that comes with knowing Jesus Christ.
Not long ago, I sat outside on a sunny but breezy afternoon, watching the sky.
This struck me as a beautiful metaphor for positive living.
Autumn breezes are different from spring or summer winds. There’s a bite to an October gust, a hint of impending chill, a rustling sound as drying leaves swirl in the wind. Fall air is crisp—clean but edgy.
The leaves are beautiful this time of year, as are God’s assurances in these verses.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
Similarly, life blows and flurries sometimes. Challenges crop up as organically as a breeze. And if we see a gust coming at all, we might worry it will sweep us away from our foundation, from our place on the solid ground before we can make a plan to handle it.
What qualities help you stay strong when life gives you a blustery day?
Try to cultivate these three qualities within yourself and see how they can hold you aloft in gusty times:
Whatever your fears, know that Jesus is ready to help you every step of the way.
Number one, Confidence in the strength you have to hold yourself steady in the face of a squall. Sometimes all you have to do is recognize the power you already possess to stand your ground against a challenge that threatens to push you over.
Number two, Patience with the time it takes to reach the goals or destinations you have in mind for yourself. Recognize and accept that the prevailing winds might require a little more time to navigate than you had originally planned. Take your time, and let the breeze carry you as it will.
Number three Flexibility with your life plan. Not to put too fine a point on it, but sometimes you have to see which way the wind is blowing and adjust course. Letting go of one path can be disappointing, but if you let the breeze wash over you, it might gently guide you in a new, more positive direction.
Jesus is calling us to do things we could never imagine ourselves doing—if only we conquer our fears. I know the spirit of fear is not by His design. We overcome through His love. What are your fears? Starting a business? Flying in an airplane? Writing a book? Whatever they are, know that Jesus is at the end of it, saying “Come” with outstretched arms.
Admit your fear to a prayer partner and ask him or her to pray that Jesus help you conquer it. It may take time, but remember He is with you every step of the way.
I think that’s so awesome that I can see His promises and tie them into the seasons of my life. Thank You, God, for the colorful display of the autumn leaves and for the sweetness of the “leaves” that You’ve left for us in Your Word.
Forgetfulness affects us all, regardless of our age or computer savvy. And nowhere does it happen more often than in our relationship with Jesus. But unlike the Web, Jesus creates a simple password that pushes us into His presence: “Thank You.” An attitude of gratitude will open up new areas of fellowship. Jesus loves for us to enter His presence with thanksgiving.
Spending moments praising and thanking Jesus on most mornings has topped my day’s to-do list for a long time. But sometimes, I need to do more.
And that is to pass this message of love and Peace as we need more of this wonderful blessing being offer with Grace and Glory.
Make this Your Day.