“Fear Not!”

 

A few years ago, my folks (who were and are VERY active for their age) had an invitation to a high state occasion back in Wisconsin, but they were nervous about going.

Three thousand miles is a long drive.

They were uneasy about navigating the umpteen lanes of traffic through Atlanta, Nashville, and Chicago. Though the traffic is lighter at night, they hesitated driving in the dark.

What if the car broke down?

What if they needed to find a rest stop and didn’t feel safe?

Flying was an option, but the occasion had just popped up and they doubted they could find reasonably priced airfares.

Plus, who would mow the lawn, water the plants, fill in on the golf league, and take over their volunteer positions?

 

Pushing Through Fear

The truth is, anxiety blocked every pathway, pushing my parents further and further away from a yes.

Circumstances could have persuaded them to stay home where it’s easy and safe.

My folks had legitimate concerns. But they didn’t let their fears hold them hostage.

At the last minute, they booked their flights using their newfangled smart phones. They got on a plane and flew to Wisconsin.

They pushed through the fear. They did it scared. And they had a ball!

In addition to the high-state occasion, they saw all the kids, visited Dad’s five brothers, and ate some really good cheese and sausage!

And to think they almost missed it by succumbing to the fears and concerns they had about traveling.

I’m so proud of my folks for pushing past the fear and the worry.

Fear can hold us back from a lot of occasions, no doubt. But there’s something worse that fear can do: it can hold us hostage from the very thing God is waiting to gift us.

 

Fear keeps us from the things that would make our lives richer. From the life we’ve been missing. He has great plans for our lives—but they only succeed if we push past the fear and reach out and grab them.

 

How about you?

Sometimes you’ve just gotta do it scared.

What are you putting off or giving up or going without because you’re worried or afraid to try? What might you be missing out on that God has for you in this life because fear is holding you hostage?

Friend, it’s almost a new year.

Catch this—

Don’t miss the life Jesus died to extend to you.

Reach out and grab it. Get it going.
Don’t let fear win the day. Just do it!

Verse

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” —John 14:27

Prayer

God, your word says that you will give me peace and strength, through your Holy Spirit, to do the things you’ve planned for me. Give me the courage to push past fear and embrace the adventure you have designed just for me. Amen

6 Comments

  1. Eve-Anne Wall on December 10, 2023 at 8:16 am

    God bless you Robyn! Praying for your ministry???

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 11, 2023 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Eve-Anne! Merry Christmas to you and yours too. Love, Robyn

      • Becky Presley on December 13, 2023 at 11:53 am

        MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and all your family? Enjoyed the story about over coming fear!

  2. Eve-Anne Wall on December 10, 2023 at 8:18 am

    Praying for your ministry and wishing you a merry Christmas

  3. Cara Marshall on December 15, 2023 at 2:08 am

    I am 48 years old now. I just started taking piano lessons for the 3rd time in my life. The first time, I took lessons, at tge young age of 14, for about a year and then my big sister and I lost track of our piano teacher, who was very talented and had many fulfillment himself. He played pipe organ at one of the Fort Wayne Lutheran churches, was part of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic society and we just fizzled out from there with our lessons.
    Later in life, around 11-12 years ago, I took lessons again from this sweet older lady in her home. She had a beautiful baby grand piano and I took lessons, at that time, for a little over 2 years.
    I am now taking lessons at my age of 58 since the first of October and have a recital coming up this Monday evening, of course, with other very much younger students. I am quite nervous because I am older and I have NEVER done a piano recital before. I love the piano and my song is only 2 minutes long. My song is The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire). I started taking lessons for my own enjoyment and now, I could, maybe do it to bless others.
    I want to be brave and hopefully inspire older people to try something new, even at an older age.
    Thanks,
    Cara Marshall

  4. Cara Marshall on December 15, 2023 at 2:12 am

    I am 58 years old now. I just started taking piano lessons for the 3rd time in my life. The first time, I took lessons, at tge young age of 14, for about a year and then my big sister and I lost track of our piano teacher, who was very talented and had many fulfillments himself. He played pipe organ at one of the Fort Wayne Lutheran churches, was part of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic society and we just fizzled out from there with our lessons.
    Later in life, around 11-12 years ago, I took lessons again from this sweet older lady in her home. She had a beautiful baby grand piano and I took lessons, at that time, for a little over 2 years. She passed away about 4 years after I quit lessons.
    I am now taking lessons at the YMCA at my age of 58 since the first of October and have a recital coming up this Monday evening, of course, with other very much younger students. I am quite nervous because I am older and I have NEVER done a piano recital before. I love the piano and my song is only 2 minutes long. My song is The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire). I started taking lessons for my own enjoyment and now, I could, maybe do it to bless others.
    I want to be brave and hopefully inspire older people to try something new, even at an older age.
    Thanks,
    Cara Marshall

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