Fear is a storyteller and, like all storytellers, fear has a voice. Sometimes it roars so deafeningly, we want to and sometimes do cower and cover our ears in search of refuge and relief. But there are no natural ear plugs, no amount of covering our ears that will still the roar that comes from within. Sometimes it whispers mockingly, spelling out our demise with absolute certainty: “You are not going to make it.” “You will not survive this trial, this heart break, this loss.” “The cancer will return.” “Your child is going to die.” “You are going to be fired and lose your home and end up on the street.” Sometimes it cloaks itself with false concern: “Remember what happened the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?” Fear is a storyteller, weaving false stories with just enough morsels of facts to give them the appearance of truth. Highlights only what we can experience through physical senses. And oh how fear torments.
Faith is a storyteller also. Speaks only truth because it issues forth from Truth. It is “the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” Because of its character, faith tells us that what we see is not all there is. Faith speaks only the words of the Father: Declares healing in the face of illness. Peace in the midst of tsunami like circumstances. Declares you are more than a conqueror when you have suffered what seems like life crushing defeat. Tells you that you are precious and honored in His sight, and accepted in the Beloved, even as you hold a “Dear John letter” or freshly served divorce papers. Reminds us that God is always with us even when we feel achingly alone and do not sense His presence. Assures us that He will keep every promise He has made even as we live year after year with unfulfilled promises. Reminds of His instruction, “Do not fear.”
Fear and faith are both storytellers. Which storyteller has your attention? If you are giving fear more attention than faith, what spiritual practices can help you better tune your ears to, refocus on the “voice” of faith?