Who is Out There?
Our mind can be our best help or our worst enemy. The brain’s capacity to aid us with every duty, each necessary process, and the many marvelous memories that it stores makes it a powerful tool for life. None of us ever wants to think that we will have dementia or Alzheimer’s to the point that cognitive skills are gone, and we live only in a foggy state with some of our memories.
However, that same mental capacity that helps us literally moment-by-moment for a lifetime can be our worst enemy in conjuring up fears, apprehensions, and terrors that are not real. When the conditions are right, the power of the mind to create phantoms in our imagination is terrifying. It is that capacity to experience imaginary fear that causes us to think the worst about a situation. We can live in terror until that setting changes. How many times when you were alone in a dark place that is unfamiliar did you begin to feel apprehensive about a sound, a strange light, or an eerie feeling that came over you?
The most challenging fears we face are those invented by the mind. The movie or television show that does not reveal the horror on the other side of the door causes the viewer to imagine monstrous images of a blood-thirsty creature lurking just outside. In a comedy, we laugh at our fear when it is revealed that the creature was one’s mate stumbling in the dark just trying to find their way into the room. In the dark, they had knocked over a lamp, tripped on the cord and pushed over a chair, and then stumbled against the door which sounded like they were trying to break it down. When the door opens, there is a sigh of relief. Then the fearful mate shows great frustration at what their “other” had created by their noises that made the person have such fear. But the reality is, the mate did not create the fear. The mind of the individual did that all by themselves. Aloneness can be a woeful enemy when our mind is easily made fearful.
The early American Indians had a unique practice of training young braves. On the night of a boy’s thirteenth birthday, after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test. He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then, he had never been away from the security of the family and the tribe. But on this night, he was blindfolded and taken several miles away. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of a thick wooded area and he was terrified! Every time a twig snapped, he visualized a wild animal ready to pounce. After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke and the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of the path. Then, to his utter astonishment, he beheld the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed with a bow and arrow. It was his father. He had been there all night long. (Copied).
Whatever your fear is today, the darkness and shadows must flee when our Lord appears. Light always conquers darkness. Courage is the answer to fear. Reality crushes imaginations. In your struggle today remember, 2 Tim.1:7 – God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound mind! And, Psalm 121:8 – The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Fear thou not! He is with us ALWAYS! HE PROMISED!