I once took a trip to England by myself. For a young 20 something, it was impetuous. It was adventurous and exciting. It felt good to throw caution to the wind; for it was so quickly decided and executed, that I had no time to entertain the “what if’s,” or the “I don’t know’s”. I just booked it, and a day later, I was on an overnight flight to an island situated in the north-west region of Europe. I think there is something wonderful that exists in the milky-way of spontaneity; but so rarely is it visited, that we almost forget how to step into it’s light.
Sometimes stepping off the beaten path is just what we need to rekindle a relationship, ignite our creativity or to see our circumstances in life from a different perspective. Perhaps it starts with just taking a new route to work, picking up a new hobby or making time in your schedule to do something out of your comfort zone. I think so often it is our fear of the unknown that keeps us locked in the prison of “monotony”.
When I was younger I had no trouble tackling my fears. I would often do something just because it scared me. I suppose in facing our fears we are able to find out just what we’re made of. And in my case, it helped me discover who I really was and what made me happy. I have often heard that fear is really a mask of something else.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; its in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ”
~ Marianne Williamson
I suppose in many ways, we all try to “avoid” our fears at times, by going around them instead of going through them. My prayer for you and I, is that we would trust God and let Him mold us into what we were truly meant to be. That we would let our light shine for all to see. Perhaps the first step is walking in grace: to let go of the fear of making mistakes, to walk in the freedom of spontaneity, and to trust that Jesus will be there to help us along the way.