From The Single Woman by Mandy Hale
FAITH OVER FEAR
You know those days when it’s pouring rain with no apparent end in sight, everything looks gray and hazy, and visibility on the roadways is slim to none? Even with the windshield wipers on, there’s always that moment between swipes when rain pelts onto the window and your vision is impaired, causing you to feel off-kilter, blindsided, uncertain, and even fearful. All you can do in that moment is take a deep breath, buckle up, and forge slowly and safely ahead, trusting that you are on the right path even if you can’t see the road signs that will tell you where to go next. If fear is rain that patters onto your window, blocking your ability to see all the great stuff ahead of you, then faith is the windshield wipers on the highway of life.
There will be moments when you’re not going to know what’s coming next. There won’t be signs pointing you to your destination, and the clouds of life will open up and pour buckets of rain onto the sunny day of your dreams. But if you forge ahead in faith, keeping your eye on the prize, eventually the windshield wipers will kick in, and things will become clear. That’s the thing about fear. It can only hang around until faith enters the room; then it’s forced to flee.
The flip side of fear is it forces courage to step up to the plate. Courage knows that it’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really brave, something others might laugh at, scoff at, or judge you for. It means you’re stepping outside your comfort zone. Being scared means you’re taking a deep breath and facing the fear; you’re taking the leap and trusting the net to appear.
Whatever you’re facing in your life—a test, a heartbreak, a detour, a letdown, a doctor’s appointment, a delayed dream—when the rains of fear come, let your windshield wipers of faith answer. Stand strong, knowing that your destination is still there. It hasn’t changed, and it can never be erased by a few drops of rain.
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