I am sitting waiting to see the dentist, rather an oral surgeon, to see about implants for a couple teeth that I had to have removed due to issues with how they were filled some years ago and the mistakes made by that dentist kind of snow balled over time; eventually requiring a couple teeth be extracted. I have to tell you that I am terrified of dentists. Before the appointments my heart races a little, a get a sick feeling in my stomach and definitely STRESS. Most of the times, it is NO WHERE near as bad as I think it will be and I am relieved when it is all done. Still, even knowing that it isn’t as bad as my mind tries to tell me it will be, come the next appointment, I am STRESSING all over again. I am not just stressing, like I said, I am TERRIFIED, I am FEARFUL and that probably added some to my issues. Oh, my teeth aren’t terrible, but I am certain that fear kept me from going when I knew I was having a problem and had I gone sooner when I thought there was something wrong with the one filling, it would have been a far simpler (and cheaper) fix. Instead, I had root canals and then later, the teeth still had to be pulled. So, I am facing another procedure or two for the implants.
All that, makes me think about the song “Fear is a liar.” We often allow fear to keep us from doing what we should do. We allow fear to keep us in a spot we shouldn’t be in, afraid to face the fear. With many things, if one doesn’t act because of fear, things only get worse.
Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4
So, I finally learned that whether or not I was afraid of going to the dentist, I needed to face the fear and go. And, by facing the fears, I benefited. There are other ways and other times that I have been afraid of things, sometimes I let the fear keep me from doing what I should, sometimes I faced the fears. If I ask Him to help, He helps me face those fears much easier. He strengthens me. He gets me through the tough times.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
So, whatever you fear that you are facing, remember, He is there, just ask Him. No matter how bad you are afraid something will be, and at times things may be difficult, but He will make it easier, He will make hard times and terrifying moments much more bearable.
Lord, I praise Your Name and thank You for helping me learn to face my fears and for being there to strengthen me as I did so. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to help me face those things which cause me fear, strengthen me in my times of trouble. I ask that You help family and loved ones face their challenges and fears. Give them comfort in difficult times. Help them be victorious in whatever they are facing. Please draw them all to You and show them Your will and way for them. Help them see and know Your truths and plans for them.
Well, I hope all have a blessed day and please, be a blessing to at least one other person.