Memory is a funny and unreliable thing. And that’s true for every one of us.
When we get into a situation where we’re afraid, we tend to suddenly forget all the times that we were afraid before, and everything ended up working out ok. The only thing that comes to mind in the moment is all the ways our current situation could go wrong.
I bet you can remember a time in your life when you were discouraged, sad, afraid – where you felt like everything was going to crash down on top of you. And then, God came through for you.
I can remember plenty of times like that.
But, when I’ve got a new challenge, or struggle, or tough situation before me, I tend to forget all those times. It’s almost like there’s a fella with horns and a tail that doesn’t want me to remember those times. Because, if I start thinking about how God has come through for me again and again in the past, then I don’t really need to be afraid this time.
So, what do we do? Here’s what I think.
When you’re in a situation where you’re facing something tough, and you’re feeling afraid, and beat down, and you’re wondering how you’ll make it through, hit pause for a second.
Leave the fear in your bedroom, and go for a walk. And, as you walk, remind yourself of all the times God’s come through for you before. Remind yourself of the things you were scared of, and how he protected you. Remind yourself of the sudden, surprise blessings that he brought into your life when you least expected. Remind yourself that He’s good, and that he loves you.
Then, go back to your bedroom, and tell God about what you’re up against this time. And thank Him for all the times he’s come through for you in the past, and ask him to protect you and watch over you this time, just like he always has.
Ask him to carry the fear for you, to take it off of your tiny shoulders, and place it on his great big ones. Then take a deep breath, and say “Amen.”
“You may say to yourselves, “These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?” But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt. You saw with your own eyes the great trials, the miraculous signs and wonders, the mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the Lord your God brought you out. The Lord your God will do the same to all the peoples you now fear.” (Deuteronomy 7:17-19, NIV)