My Greatest Fear

For the thing which I fear comes on me, That which I am afraid of comes to me. Job 3:25 WEB

As we worked to get the fish hook free of my eye lid, an actual calmness came over me. The greatest fear of my life was now behind me, and it turned out that it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I grew up on the rivers of South Carolina fishing, and I always got nervous when people began swinging their fishing lines around. I dreaded the thought of them snagging me with their hook, much less my eye.

One day I took my Dad fishing and he invited a friend of his. That would normally be fine, but she must have thought that she was fly fishing, or she was trying to lasso the fish. She was whipping the line around her, oblivious to everyone else in the small boat.

I was sitting behind her and eventually, as my fear would have it, she snagged my left eyelid with her fish hook, and then swung to make a long cast. I grabbed the line in my hands, stopped her, and for a moment the thought of wrapping her in the anchor rope and sinking her came to my mind, but I pushed it away.

My Dad came to help remove the fish hook from my eyelid, and it turned out that my greatest fear, was actually not all that bad. From as far back as I could remember I had dreaded the thought of having a fish hook snag my eye, and now it had happened and was over. I have been there and done that.

Fear is faith in reverse and draws, even causes, your greatest fears to actually come to pass like a magnet. Job had a fear that something would happen to his children and constantly sacrificed for them. It still happened. I had always had a fear that a fishhook would catch me in the eye, and it did.

Your greatest fear will not be as bad as you think, and your heavenly Father will be there to help you through it. Look to God, pray, and do not become immobilized by fear. The more that you focus on the fear, the more power that you give it. God did not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Also, be careful of who you let in your boat.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You will deliver me from fear. Take away the panic, the anxiety, and the fear that is within me and replace it with Your peace. Help me see You clearly and understand that You are truly stronger than all. When You are for me, who can stand against me? In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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