Bring on the Scary

We overcome fear when we keep God near...

Kings Dominion  roller coaster

Kings Dominion

Halloween brings out the scary.  Scary costumes. Scary movies. Scary stories.

A lot of things used to scare me.

But, I’m a lot braver than I used to be.

I used to be scared terrified of roller coasters. 

When our younger son, Nick, was too little to ride, he was my excuse.  I had to wait with him. And we would wait and watch.  Zack, our oldest, would exit the ride with my husband and he would be crazy-filled with excitement – telling me all I had missed. Once Nick was big enough to ride, I had no excuses. That’s when Zack laid on the guilt trip – saying he would have to ride by himself or with some stranger if I didn’t ride with him because Nick was riding with Daddy. He would tell me not to be scared and insist it would be fun.  Reluctantly, I would agree to ride.

If you give in to fear, you will miss the moments.

The “click” of the bar made me realize I was strapped in so tightly I could barely breathe. Suddenly, the ride began to move and I realized I was holding my breath.  My heart pounded wildly as we inched slowly up the hill. Zack giggled beside me as I quoted scriptures-convinced my life was at stake.  My stomach remained at the top of the hill as we descended at a rapid rate! I screamed so loudly Zack covered his ears. I strained to see what was ahead as we started up yet another hill. I couldn’t see what was to come.  I could only look behind and around me to see how far we had come. It was a brief distraction from the rising hill but it didn’t stop the hill from coming. I leaned in hard to Zack’s shoulder with my eyes squeezed tight. Uncontrollable screaming and laughter flew out of my mouth as I held on to him for dear life. Up and down – this way and that way…never knowing when it would end.

Screaming. Laughter. Scared. Excited.  

Then it was over.

And I wished it wasn’t. 

And then Zack was gone but I wasn’t alone.

We overcome fear when we keep God near.

I suppose once you have ridden the scariest roller coaster of all, the other ones aren’t so scary anymore.

We must trust that the Lord is with us on this roller coaster called life….even when it doesn’t feel like it.  

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

Fear is powerful.  Fear can stop us or get us started.  It can push us to chase that dream, ask that girl out on a date, write that book, teach that Bible study, quit that job, ride that roller coaster. Fear can push us to living fully or it can keep us simply existing.

God didn’t put us here to simply exist. He has a beautiful purpose for your life – for my life – our precious, loved and purposeful lives. And – yes, there is purpose in the ugly, the painful, the unbearable and the frightening… and even in our shattered hearts.

Living in fear is like being in prison but our faith in God is the key that set us free from our fears. His Word tells us not to fear hundreds of times in the Bible but our human nature is to fear. There will be times in life where our fear paralyzes us and we can’t read our Bible, we can’t bear to think of what lies ahead and we can’t even pray… but God still hears us and we can choose faith over fear.

I sought the Lord and He answered me.  He delivered me from all my fears. – Proverbs 34:4

We overcome fear when we keep God near.

What fears are holding you back?

Ernie and Nick

Ernie and Nick

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4 thoughts on “Bring on the Scary

  1. Thank you Wendy for reminding us to hang in there and we will see all of His glory in every moment. I have a friend I wish you knew, who’s little two year old boy died one night suddenly with no explanation 4 years ago. As rare as it is in a 2 year old, they believe it was SYDS. She is still struggling to manage life(as I know I could never understand her pain), but she is beginning to alienate herself from her friends that have living children. Her son and my grandson were 6 mos. apart and she has always struggled with my grandson because he reminds her so much of her son Karrson. Both my daughter and her have had second babies now and she has pretty much let my daughter know she can talk to her about the new baby, but she can’t deal with pictures or discussions at all about my older grandson or his and the baby’s relationship. it’s really put a strain on the relationship and I hate it and so does my daughter. She knows Jesus, but she is not letting him be her comforter. If you think of her, will you pray for her from time to time. Her name is Carly and I love her so much and want some amount of peace for her, and her husband John who needs so much to know Jesus. He isn’t a believer, which makes it worse for her. I love your heart Sister.

    • I am saddened to hear this news about your friend and her loss. I am thankful you are trying to be so understanding during her time of grief. Be gentle with her but also be gentle with yourself. Keep loving her. We go through so many emotions when we are grieving. I will pray for her. It is such a hard journey. Don’t give up on her! She needs friends even when you don’t feel it. Sending you love and hugs!