It is fear more than any other feeling that can impact our lives. It can limit our reach or extend it depending on our reaction to it. It can debilitate us into total inaction, or drive us to actions far beyond our beliefs. It is often the feeling that turns us inward to self-examination and leaves us wondering if there is really a God or is our universe simply out to get us. It is at this time more than any other that our Faith is tested.
Depending on how we choose to view fear, we can use it as a vehicle for good, or if we lose Faith in the goodness of the universe, we use it as evidence that we are alone, vulnerable and at risk. But, how do we view our fear as good and beneficial to our wellbeing when we are in the throes of anxiety?
First we must know the temporal nature of fear. You cannot be afraid of the past since it has already occurred. And in the present moment you cannot be in fear because what you fear has not happened yet. So fear can only live in the future, and only as a possibility, not as a reality because it has not happened yet.
So fear is a feeling of anxiety of what might be, not of what is. Henry Woods gives an insight into one way of dealing with fear. “How can this great Adversary be disposed of? Not by solemn warning, but only through a discovery of his beneficence.” Let us stick to our text: “All is good. When rightly understood there are no exceptions.”
“Someone will exclaim: “What a paradox!” or even: “What an absurdity! Do you mean to say that there is any goodness in fear?” Not so long as it is feared. How then shall the fearfulness of fear be taken away? There is but one possible way, and that is by convincing the fearful that it has use and beneficent purpose, when understood. :
In order for us to take this tract, we are dependent on our Faith. If we live in a universe that is benign and life supporting, created by an all loving spirit that loves us beyond measure, and therefore everything that is, is good by definition. Then the fear I am experiencing must be for my good and I should accept the feeling and examine what I am supposed to learn from the experience.
Sound reasonable doesn’t it. How do I do that? You always start by taking a breath, thinking about the issue, choosing an action, and taking an action. The only alternative is to suffer in the fear and become overwhelmed.
Simply remember that God Loves You! Now use your gifts.