Faith or Fear?

When I was a young boy, my step dad would entertain me and my brother by moving his finger back and forth through the flame of a candle.  I was amazed at his ability to be unhurt, while touching the hot flame.  One day he pressed me to try the trick myself, at first I refused, but at some point I made the decision to trust him and found that one can move a finger through the base of a flame without getting burned.

In the battle between fear and faith, faith (in my step dad) won that day.  But how many times, and in how many places, does fear win out.  At some point faith must take control or we remain stuck, unable to move, function or exist.  When we were babies we had faith in our ability to stand, or in our parents ability to catch us, and thus we walked.  As we grew up something told us that we could make it on our own, and despite our fears, we move forward on that faith, and started our own life, careers and family, separate from our parents.  Even marriage offers tremendous fear, but at some point faith in you and your spouse overcame that fear.

Each day the battle between fear and faith rages on.  Our faith must be strong enough to move us beyond that which we fear, whether it be failure, being alone, death, tragedy, sickness, loss, etc.  But not just any faith will do.  Faith must be rooted in something big enough to overcome all fears.  And my faith is in the Lord. 

Deuteronomy 31:6, "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord you God is the one who goes with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you".

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Noor wrote:
Elisa,I guess it all depends upon the ceucrmstancis, but I do know of a few people who have been able to reconcile, even under some seriously bad ceucrmstancis.For instance, friends of mine, we'll call them E & C. E & C began dating in college for 1.5 years. They started to grow apart due to immaturity and C's fear of serious commitment. C then left E for another girl. E was distraught, but was able to distance herself and enjoy her college experience, making new friends, figuring out who she was, and letting go of the pain C had caused. By the end of college, E & C re-entered each other's lives. E was able to forgive C for his actions, and C in turn has proven himself a committed and trustworthy partner. They have been going strong for the past 3.5 years.I guess it depends on what sort of reconciliation you're looking for. Can you truly let go of past hurt, can you fully embrace the new relationship?

Thu, April 19, 2012 @ 7:11 AM

2. MafiaExact wrote:
Every time I am feeling auxnois, I manage to find support and calm at this website. Thank you so much. This post reminded me of a documentary I just watched about rock climbing. The entire time I was thinking, These men are crazy , but I also wished I was braver and went out of my comfort zone more often. This post made me realize how much fear has a hold of me, in life and in love.

Fri, April 20, 2012 @ 11:53 PM

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4. Jose wrote:
I've read your entire blog arvhcie in the past few days after stumbling to it from the external links in the wikipedia entry for Meditations (I think someone has deleted it now but it was there). I've thoroughly enjoyed it, and I look forward to forthcoming posts.One thing I noticed, though, was the entry why I left school. Apparently you left college, but you don't really talk about the circumstances surrounding this decision very much. I would be very interested in hearing more about what made you come to that decision, how you felt about it, and what ramifications of it you have experienced so far or expect to experience in the future.The reason I am interested in this is that I am the same age as you, and I find your thought processes and interests to parallel my own. I am currently going through a period where I am reevaluating everything that I assumed to be true as delivered to me by society and my parents, including the notion that the terms of my education must be dictated to me by the institution of college. I am beginning to find other avenues of interest which I find more interesting and absorbing than my current collegiate prison. Because of all this I would appreciate it if you could tell me a little bit about your own experience regarding these topics.Keep up the good work man. Peace.

Fri, January 24, 2014 @ 4:43 AM

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