Is it okay if I let you guys in on a little deep ‘dark’ secret of mine?
I am going to be perfectly honest with you. Up until just a few years ago, I had one BIG fear – I was horrified of being in the dark alone. Yeah I know, being afraid of the dark is “kid’s stuff” and you eventually grow out of it. Well, I didn’t.
Actually, it seemed like it got worse for me. Meaning every time I had to be in the dark alone my heart pounded like crazy, weird thoughts started running through my head, and I would start to imagine things. I totally thought there was something wrong with me because I hadn’t grown out of this ‘little kid’ fear, and I couldn’t seem to shake it.
Now, I knew full well what the bible said about fear: There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18-19 NKJV
It seemed so simple. Perfect love casts out fear. So the way to get rid of fear is to walk in perfect love, right? So, I thought since I was still experiencing this fear that I was not loving the way I should. Because if I could perfect my love walk, then that would cast my fears out. I thought getting rid of fear had everything to do with me.
But, then I had one of ‘those’ moments.
Like most things I have come to realize about my life: This was not about me. This was and is about Him.
This perfect love, is not my love. It is God’s. It is His perfect love. A perfect & passionate love.
I thought about my husband’s love for me: If I was ever put in a situation where there was danger, I have no doubt that my husband would be there to protect me and even put his life on the line for me if necessary. Why? Because I know that he loves me. But what if I wasn’t fully aware of his love for me? I might not know that he had my best interest at heart, and I might even fear that he wouldn’t come to my rescue.
It is the same with God. If we aren’t fully aware of how much He loves us, then fear can creep in. But if we fully realize that He loves us and that He already gave up His Son’s life for us, what in the world is there to fear?
It is believing and knowing the love that He has for us that casts out fear.
Oh, do you want to know what happened the next time I stepped into the dark after coming into this realization? Fear came back in full force. But instead of trying to ignore that fear, I faced it head on. I had to look at it straight in the face and say, “Here’s the deal, Fear. My Daddy loves me and nothing, especially you, is bigger than His love for me!”
I am not going to tell you that fear didn’t try to come back, because it did, and occasionally it still tries to rear it’s ugly head. The difference is now I have the perfect tactic. I just laugh in fear’s face, because I know full well that I am loved, and nothing can separate me from God’s love.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38
About the Author:
My name is Paige and Jesus is my everything. My passion is to see women of all ages find their beauty & purpose in Him. I’m married to my best friend and a mommy to 3 little princesses… (Read more.)