Trust vs. Fear

It is quite ironic.

Some of my friends see me as a woman of great faith. Yet someone whom I respect and love asked in a difficult time of waiting and disappointment, “Where’s your faith?” I replied tearfully, “I don’t have any!”

It has been almost twenty years since that dreadful question. The words cut like a knife. They cut through joint and marrow revealing the ugly cancer of fear. But since that first big lesson on faith, I’ve learned I have two options when faced with disappointment.

Trust or Fear.

Fear paralyzes me. Fear invites the self-pity party. Idolatry. Fear causes me to question myself and God.

Trust puts my eyes on the One who sees the big picture.

Hindsight is 20/20 vision. Tangible evidence of God’s faithfulness and wisdom. And very helpful when choosing to trust Him. I am so thankful His answer to me was “no” twenty years ago because there would not be a third child in our family if I had gotten what I thought was the best answer. That’s kind of a big deal.

So today, after receiving a disappointing decision from a publisher, I am choosing faith.

Faith that God has a better plan, and he will guide me. Faith in His perfect timing.

What about you? What are you choosing today?

FYI: Trust feels much better than fear.

Much grace and peace,

Have I not commmanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)

Andy Lee is a wife, mother of three, author, speaker, and blogger. She inspires her readers to step out into their call whether to a neighbor or nation to find purpose and joy using the gifts God has given them. She lives on the North Carolina Coast with her favorite people in the whole word, her family. She loves chocolate, geraniums, coffee, and Jesus.

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