Life is a playground with God at your side. You swing around and think you are going to fall but He catches you and surprises you in so many ways.
Yet, sometimes the fear of falling overshadows the joy or even keeps me sitting in the corner!
This week encouragement came in reading Philippians 2:12-13 in which Paul exhorts us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. In the Passion Translation it reads:
“My beloved ones, just like you’ve always listened to everything I’ve taught you in the past, I’m asking you now to keep following my instructions as though I were right there with you. Now you must continue to make this new life fully manifested as you live[j] in the holy awe of God—which brings you trembling into his presence. 13 God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases him.[k] ”
These verses speak of a focus upon my awareness of Christ in me, an awe and trembling regarding how He is at work within my life and perhaps a fear that I am not relying on my own efforts.
I also found this verse on Escape to Reality. Paul Ellis also had some great insights which helped me hear what God was saying to me.
It was a great comfort to realize that fear and trembling is a normal part of this life of faith. We walk by faith not by sight. Sometimes our emotions are tentative. We disqualify ourselves because we think someone with more faith would do better. The apostle Paul said he did not come with words of wisdom or eloquent speech… He came in fear and trembling and guess who also showed up ? Hint: “A demonstration of the Spirit’s Power”. (1 Cor 2:1-4)
So, I found myself re-qualified. As a analytical, reserved, and sometimes fearful person – I am completely qualified to reveal His glory. The fear and trembling to me is like stage fright. It is like a proof that God wants to step out. That becomes a happy experience when we yield to it.
Enjoy being you.
Know that even in your fear, and thoughts of inadequacy, you are brave, qualified and fully equipped in His reality. Nothing needs to be proven. You simply have the freedom to flow with Him and experience something of His ocean of love that surges through this earth wanting to love, health, prosper and protect. Remember to splash in the puddles a bit and have some fun with your heavenly Daddy.