Have you ever noticed someone going through a difficult time in their life, yet they still managed to have a smile on their face? Before you credit their own strength, consider their source of power. God has promised “fullness of joy” for any who dwell in His presence. No matter how difficult your life may be, walking in the presence of God gives genuine peace (Phil. 4:7), and that is something to smile about!
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” – Psalms 16:11
Palms sweating, I gripped the steering wheel tight. I knew the snow flakes were melting on the black pavement, but my heart still raced. What if the melting snow began to freeze? Lightly tapping the brakes, I slid into the right lane and turned on my hazard lights. Breathing in short, deep breaths, I slowly made my way home, tears spilling down my cheeks.
15 years ago, I was involved in a serious car accident that resulted in a trip to the hospital. When I was released, I sported several stiches, a black eye, and a new fear of driving. For several weeks, fear held me captive in my own home. Finally, my husband encouraged me to get behind the wheel again. After many months of slow driving, deep breathing, and tears, I was finally driving normally again.
Is there a fear in your life holding you captive? It may take time before you are able to break those chains of captivity, but don’t give up. You might have to go slow, and there may be tears, but keep persevering! Remember, God did not bind you in those chains of fear. He gave you the power to break free!
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7