When I married Adventure Boy, he came with an airplane and a motorcycle which I found quite exhilarating.
But then he said to me, “It’s absolutely ridiculous for you to own a vehicle you don’t know how to operate. You need to get your pilot’s license.”
I was not eager to learn to fly an airplane.
Visions of me soaring through the air … followed immediately by flashes of me crashing in a blaze of flames.
“I don’t know,” I said to Adventure Boy. “It looks complicated.”
“It’s not hard at all. I’ll teach you.”
“Okay,” I said, more out of a desire to be cooperative than adventurous.
Doing hard things.
Learning to fly an airplane was terrifying! It’s not like you can just pull over in the middle of a freak-out to get your bearings or trade drivers.
To top it off, my own flying made me sick.
The joggling and bouncing in the little plane while doing the training maneuvers made my stomach churn. I gobbled Dramamine to mitigate the nausea, just as I have done on every long distance drive, boating excursion, and amusement park ride since I was a little girl.
With my upset stomach surrendered to the medicine, I kept reading the training manuals, practicing the maneuvers, and trusting my instructor’s ability to keep e safe. After many, many hours of doing it scared, I passed the exam and scored my private pilot’s licence. Wheeee!
You can do hard things.
God’s Presence can rule over your anxiety, ease your burdens, and turn your turmoil into trust so you can do hard things, too.
Turbulence, big waves and seasons of upheaval are part of life.
- People disappoint.
- Accidents happen.
- Mistakes are made.
- Foolishness prevails against wisdom.
- Life happens.
When fear attempts to keep you stuck and immobilized:
Read God’s Word.
Choose Psalm 23 or Psalm 121 or Mark 4:35-41 (where Jesus calms the storms).
Ask God for peace and to intercede in the circumstances and guide you through the storm.
Trust God’s leading.
Surrender what you cannot control to Him who is more than able to rule over you and your circumstances.
Put Faith Over Fear.
Girlfriend, I don’t know what’s happening in your life right now. I do know when life is turbulent and it feels like you’re going to die, that God provides His faith over your fear.
When you turn your eyes upon Jesus, He will be your ever-present help in times of trouble. When you call out to him, Holy Spirit will lead you through.
Leave me a comment to tell me what passage of scripture speaks to you when your heart is burdened.
Prayer: God in Heaven, you know how all things will turn out. Shower me with your peace in the storm. Guide in the desert. Be my hope in the midst of my turmoil. Rule over my circumstances and rule over me. I trust you to lead me. In Jesus Name, amen.