Lately I’ve been thinking about the tendency we often have to spiritualize fear. I know, it sounds weird to say it that way, but think about it for a second. (And btw, this is written out of realizations I’m coming to about myself personally.)
It’s always easier to call fear something other than “fear”.
For example, sometimes instead of calling it “fear” we call it: “using wisdom” or “waiting on God” or “being sensitive to God’s timing” – when in reality, we may be doing nothing more than clinging on to good, familiar, and sometimes even biblical ideas and using them as excuses for NOT stepping out in faith and obeying God.
I’m not sure why we I do that. I think sometimes we just honestly don’t realize that we’re dealing with fear. And other times….well, most of us just don’t like to think of ourselves as being “fearful” people – so we neglect taking the time to look and consider that underneath all of the jargon…..may lie (pun intended) a heaping, steamy pile of fear.
All I know is this - the sooner I can identify the existence of fear in my life, the better. Because then I can at least deal with it how it needs to be dealt with (grace, grace, grace) and can then allow it to actually become a catalyst for greater trust and greater steps of faith in my life.
I’d love to hear your thoughts…