There was once a time that fear dictated my every move. It encapsulated me in its prisons, left me gasping for air, pinned me down, and left me there. It crept into my life at the most inconvenient times and made a home in my mind. Fear was my unwanted guest. Always present, it never left. That is, until, I had enough. I stood up, and I got tough. I finally got the nerve to say, “fear, you can’t stay today.”
Those of you who know me well are familiar with my story. You know that nearly every day anxiety and panic had something new to say. I could never quite escape their grasp. They always came up way too fast. If you are like me, you know the feeling. Your heart starts pounding and your head starts spinning. You struggle to catch your breath. You wonder if it’s over yet. Panic sets in, your heart skips a beat, and sometimes, the fear knocks you to your knees. If this sounds familiar, this letter is for you. My friend, I have been there, too.
Dear friends living in fear,
I see you. I am here. Those words may seem like much, but I want you to know that they are true. Fear is an overwhelming emotion. It makes you feel as if everything around you is broken. You may feel as if you are drowning, but I want you to know that there is a silver lining. The good news is, that it gets better. A rainbow comes after stormy weather.
Take a deep breath, brave the weather, this storm will not last forever. Hold on tight to your faith in God. And, remember that He is will you, always. You are loved beyond measure, held, and treasured.