Thursday, November 5, 2015

In all my Piglet-ness...

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his  span of life?  Luke 12:25 ESV

Fear is my nemesis. 

I am QUITE a Piglet when it comes to life...

"It's awfully hard to be b-b-b-b-brave when you're such a  small animal." Piglet, in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, 1968 film based on A.A. Milne's Classics

Yes, I have been a "worrier" since day one.  As a child I would worry about getting sick, getting separated from others~worry about spiders, ticks, quicksand and earthquakes.  I would be too afraid to sleep at friend's houses and enjoy myself.  I would be too worried of failing to even try anything new.

As an adult, you know, the time when we REALLY have things to worry about...I struggle so hard to feel safe enough to leave the house every day.  I'm afraid of germs, car accidents, freak accidents...I can "see" danger all around me.  When I'm at a concert, I'm afraid of the speakers falling from the sky, afraid of a stampede of people trampling others, afraid of the roof caving in on us.  

Yes...I don't verbalize them everyday, but these are the fears that I feel to such an extreme that I'm praying constantly to help me overcome them and to TRY to remember to ENJOY myself. 

I totally agree with Piglet; it IS awfully hard to be brave in this world. 

But, Piglet also shows us how he calms his fears:

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.  "Pooh?" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you."  The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne, 1928.

We need to be SURE of God in order to calm our fears.  There are several ways I do this:

  • Prayer

  • Reading the Word

  • Counting my Blessings

Prayer is my constant.  When I start to panic, when my mind starts racing, when I SEE in my mind my fears actually playing out...I turn to prayer immediately to get my mind out of that rut.  

Reading the Word is something that takes me more time to "remember" to's something that I forget, but helps me so tremendously.  Even if it's just taking time to read a few Psalms or Proverbs...even if it's not a daily study; rather a discipline I develop in counter-acting my fear, IT WORKS.  God has told us that His word will never return void.  His Word always WORKS on His behalf.  Keep your Bible app handy, or keep some note cards around that have favorite scripture on them so you can turn to it when you have fears that are bombarding your mind.

Counting my blessings may sound trite, but it is not.  I believe that THIS is what Piglet was referring to when he said that by standing close to Pooh he felt more SURE of him.  When we look back on our scariest times and see how God has stood CLOSE to us...has BLESSED us...has made ALL things work for our GOOD...when we can see those worries in hindsight and see how they all turned out (be them painful memories or not; we DID survive) we remember that God is our Protector, Shepherd, Stronghold, and Anchor.   

There's one more thing, which kind of goes along with counting my blessings, and that is to give THANKS.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NIV

As I look back at my blessings and recall the fear I felt at those points in time, I give thanks to God for having been there, for never leaving, and for having all of my life in HIS control...He is a good God; loving, gracious, and forgiving.  I thank Him for all that He has done for me, and for all He is yet to do.  How can fear still reside in me when I see how much I have for which to give THANKS?

Pray:  Heavenly Father, you have given us EVERYTHING.  You hold our future in your hands.  We can't control what is going to happen to us...only YOU know our stories completely.  But wherever we are in life, we ONLY want to be there if YOU are with us.  We want only to be IN YOUR WILL; for that is good.  Help to calm our fears today.  Help us to remember that we can be SURE of you.  Amen. 

~Tammie Hefty 

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