Fear attacks

GATOR BAIT

EVER FEEL LIKE GATOR BAIT?

I bet you have but you didn’t give the feeling a real name. So think of it like this …. The most insignificant roadblocks or problems in our lives can soon grow out of proportion and literally consume us. When this happens, we sometimes withdraw from reality.

We can all relate to the old saying about taking a small hill of dirt—created by a mole removing soil from underground—and making a mountain out of it.

                                                                 Panic can set in over troubles that pop up unexpectedly.

And what is the first reaction we humans have?

We look at the worst thing that could happen. We expand the size of the predicament, add to it with laments, and it soon towers higher than we could ever climb.

The problem can resemble a bumpy-hide alligator sunning along the river where your kayak just dumped you. Within moments, the six-foot alligator grows five feet longer. His beady eyes open and stare straight at you, and his massive jaws gap wide open with anticipation. Forty-thousand, pointed teeth gleam in the sun, and you know that your puny size is no match for the monster. Your safety—the kayak—has drifted away. Any movement on your part will cause the reptile to remember that breakfast was hours ago. Your mind starts wondering if you can out swim the green ogre, because he’s heading for the mudslide on the riverbank.

What brings us back within the boundaries of reality? Is it the fact that we will soon be gator bait?

That could be it. Or maybe it’s God’s whispers and steady nudging. If we welcome God’s presence into our lives, we can lift our eyes and study the problem in a different light. God knows when troubles wait near us and eye our visible weaknesses. He knows that our supposed solid foundation is actually just a piece of plastic adrift on murky waters.

If we call on God, he helps us put things back into perspective. But we need to make the connection with Him before bad things happen. With a relationship with God, we are already on our way to safety. “I will call to you whenever trouble strikes, and you will answer me.” Psalm 86:7 NLT

God is bigger than any problem.

Oh, and back to the alligator, God fed him earlier. He’s not hungry. He’s just curious about all the splashing that occurred as you walked on water.

Have a nice day. Please scroll down and leave your comments.

~Karen Campbell Prough

 

 

NOT THE SPIRIT OF FEAR

FEAR ATTACKS

One morning I took a break from my writing, walked out back, and was surprised to see a show of aggression taking place on my wood fence.

One pathetic, ugly opossum clung to the top of the fence, confused, and pursued by a bigger, uglier bully—with lots of sharp teeth. Marsupial number one was apparently trying to figure out to escape. But when he endeavored to get away, the mean, toothy adversary would resume stalking him and inching ever closer. If he sat still, the antagonist would hiss dreadful threats and mocking intimidations. It was too high to jump from the fence to safety. And on one side of the fence there stood a big, dangerous-looking human—staring at him.

This display of strange behavior went on for quite awhile. The threatened opossum acted hopeless. He wobbled on his perch, turned, gazed at the ground, tried unsuccessfully to retreat, and showed how befuddled he had become.

How like humans.

We sometimes become stuck in a situation that we don’t like—one that makes us freeze in alarm. There seems to be no way out. Life runs aground and tosses us out on a deserted island. There’s no help riding to our rescue and no beautiful sailboat on the horizon.

We can’t run. We dare not turn back and risk attack from the enemy or those who don’t care about us. We cannot abandon our tiny, safe island and jump into unknown depths. Everything looks dismal. Life withers. We are going to fall or fail. There’s seems to be no hope presenting itself.

Satan appears to gloat, inch forward, bare his razor-sharp teeth, and taunt us. He doesn’t want us to find help. He binds us with dread. We turn in circles, uncertain, terrified, upset, and perplexed.

Sound familiar?

But there are scriptures to remember when caught between circumstances and dilemmas that Satan takes delight in pushing upon us. He wants us to be afraid. He wants to intimidate us, make us think our footing will slip, and that we will fail.

“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” Proverbs 3:25, 26 KJV.

The second one tells we can be far away from the oppression. We can believe in safety, as it comes from God. “In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear; and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.” Isaiah 54:14 KJV

And one final scripture says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

Have you faced the oppressor? Have you feared that your feet would slip? Please, scroll downward to leave a comment.

Represented by Linda S. Glaz at http://www.hartlineliterary.com.