I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert, Dune
Only be strong and very courageous…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:7a & 9 (English Standard Version)
2015: The Year of Transitions.
God prepared me for this year, a year where massive transitions will take place in my life; and in the lives of other, like-minded spirits.
This is the year where relationships-even old ones-that no longer serve our higher good will come to an end. This is the year we may be saying goodbye to long-held jobs where we’ve become so comfortable we forgot about the gifts God put in us to use here on Earth. We may be leaving the familiar in order to venture into uncharted territory. Even our church lives may see an upheaval as our spiritual lives grow to the place where they no longer can be contained.
However there is one thing that will come upon us early in this journey: fear. Yes, fear. When a person goes through a transitional season in their life, fear rears its ugly head. Fear of the unknown, fear of the opinions of others, fear of some perceived “loss,” the list can go on and on. If we read the texts from Dune and Joshua, we see that fear can kill the mind; and we’re told not to have fear. Although two different texts, they relate to each other quite well. Fear can destroy-it can destroy dreams, initiative and eventually the one who’s afraid. In fact, fear rears its ugly head right about now, at the beginning of the journey; not just during the journey. And there will those who will try to discourage us from the onset-and they could be well meaning too-because we’re taking on something they might be afraid of themselves.
We have to face the fears that we’ll encounter, and face them head on. In times of transition and upward growth, fear is something we cannot afford. Joshua saw first hand what fear did to the Israelites years before the time of the above passage; how it delayed their entrance into the promised land almost 40 years. Now Joshua’s returned to the frontier of the Promised Land, after the generation of the fearful had died off. Now, God’s telling Joshua to go into that land fearlessly without any discouragement, confident in God’s presence.
The quote from Dune is a litany recited by the Bene Gesserit, a sisterhood known for it’s psychic and mental prowess-especially in the face of adversity. This prowess made the Bene Gesserit a force to be reckoned with in the galaxy. As one who’s read most of the Dune novels, I could tell you that fear was one thing the Bene Gesserit could never afford in their day. In fact, they learned to face that fear and let it wash over and through them; in the meantime turning inward to watch it. Knowing full well once the fear’s passed, only they remain.
We must be strong and very courageous, turning inward to the Christ within to face our fear and walk right through it-knowing that we will survive it and come out strong. This is the ONLY way we can get to our “Promised Land” that God has for us; the transition God prepared us for. I may be long in this post, however please hear me out since I’m speaking to myself as well. We must have NO fear. We must be strong and very courageous without a hint of discouragement. We must trust in God’s presence and face fear head on. Then we will have come through, and reach our promised land. Plus, in the process, we never know who we might encourage along the way to make their journey!
This is the year of transition. How we handle fear will determine if we will make it or not.
Have no fear, trust God, and be a force to be reckoned with.