If you have been reading this blog over the last few weeks, you may remember that I took a nasty fall recently while out for a run. I don’t mind saying that it has been quite a process to get my knees healed so that I can do all of the things that I normally do. I was still running, but for shorter distances.
One particular morning this past week, I headed out of the house to run and felt God say we were going back to “the scene of the crime”. I had not run back that way since my little accident. I have to admit that I had a little bit of fear of falling again every time I ran, since that day that I ended up on my face on the sidewalk.
This time as I ran toward that place, I passed a house with two very large, ominous dogs slinking toward me. The owner was out and she was instructing them to come to her, but they kept coming toward me instead. It was then that I noticed the sign looming in her yard that read “beware of dogs”. Now I had two choices at this point, I could allow another fear to try to come into my spirit or I could trust God. I chose to trust God. He was directing my path and as I passed those huge canines, I felt His protection. In what seemed like only seconds later, another person was heading toward me with yet another large dog. She quickly pulled her dog away from me and everything was just fine.
Have you ever been bitten by a dog? Are you now afraid to go near that type of dog or any dog for that matter? I am not afraid of little dogs, but large ones can make me uncomfortable if they seem to be a threat.
It was at that moment that the Lord began to speak to me about fear. That day God was showing me how my fear of falling could have become a huge stronghold for me if I had not gotten right back out there and continued to run. Someone was recently sharing with me the concept of fear and how at first it just has a toehold. Then if we do not confront it, that fear gets a foothold. If we continue to allow that particular fear to root in us, we now have a serious stronghold in our lives.
After I passed by the dogs, I continued to run back to where I had fallen. When I reached my destination, I ask the Lord to go back to that moment that I fell and wash off any fear and trauma that occurred on the moment of impact. His blood is able to cover all of our fears past, present and future.
Romans 8:14-16New International Version (NIV)
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba,[b] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
What are your “dogs”? Has a fear gotten a foothold or has it even become a stronghold? Ask the Lord to touch those areas in your life with His power and love.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.