In his book “If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have To Get Out Of The Boat”, author John Ortburg says: “Fear is designed to call attention to danger so we can set things right”.
In the Baha’i Faith, we’re told that the purpose of our lives is to know and worship God, so we can be pretty confident that every test we encounter will lead us to fulfill our purpose.
We often see that we need opposites in order to grow. It seems to be part of God’s design. In the Fire Tablet we read some of them:
Were it not for the cold, how would the heat of Thy words prevail, O Expounder of the worlds?
Were it not for calamity, how would the sun of Thy patience shine, O Light of the worlds?
Lament not because of the wicked. Thou wert created to bear and endure, O Patience of the worlds. (Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Prayers, p. 217)
I think the opposite of fear is trust, and we can ask ourselves this question:
Do you really trust that God will provide for your every need?
Whenever I find myself falling back into the habit of thought which leads to anxiety, I remind myself, and say out loud to God:
I trust you!
No matter what the fear is, this seems to banish it.
If I’m afraid I’ll be stung by the bees flying on my balcony, I turn to God and say: I trust you to protect me!
If I’m afraid of being rejected for something I say, I turn to God and say: I trust you to put the right words in my mouth!
If I’m afraid of being alone, I turn to God and say: I trust you to be there for me, 24/7!
If I’m afraid of trying something I’ve never done before and failing and being humiliated, I turn to God and say: I trust you to help me through this and to be there to catch me if I fall.
I love this quote and remind myself of it often:
Armed with the power of Thy name nothing can ever hurt me, and with Thy love in my heart all the world’s afflictions can in no wise alarm me. (Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 208)
It’s been set to music by Devon Gundry and the music video to go along with it is very powerful.
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