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Fear in Turbulent Times

— by Dr. Helen McIntosh

Q. There’s so much fear and anxiety in our world. North Korea wants to bomb us, so many feel overwhelmed financially and more. How do we overcome this fear?

A. Let’s Talk! A contest years and years ago asked for paintings that illustrated peace. Many tranquil scenes were submitted as you would imagine, but the winner was a painting of a mother bird hovering over her nest of babies in the cleft of a rock behind a large and thunderous  waterfall. Yes, IN SPITE OF our circumstances, brave and resilient warriors seek peace!

There is another picture of birds – this time eagles – that will provide a visual of possibilities. A friend, Jeanne Carter, gave this as a devotional a few days ago:

  • Isaiah 40:31 says that, “We who wait upon the Lord will renew our strength; we will mount up with wings like eagles; we will run and not be weary; we will walk and not faint.” Concerning eagles’ nests: Have we considered that the feathers that have made our nest comfortable may have been fear, worry, anxiety . . . something familiar? Has the Lord shaken your nest? Jesus is trying to pluck things out of the nest and the sticks of life are poking us, making our nest less comfortable or familiar than it used to be. He is encouraging us to get out of the nest with Him into a free fall of total surrender, trusting in Him alone.

 It is God’s kind intention to help us navigate our fears, especially in turbulent times. He lovingly wants to deliver us and protect us. We have talked about reframing fear and anxiety in earlier posts (Reframing Fearful Thoughts, Fear, Control, and Letting Go) and asking God to speak to us very specifically about all that is “under” the issues. Another friend used to say, “It isn’t the straw that broke the camel’s back, but the load under the straw!” What is under your straw? Can you give God your load? It is freedom and the flight path upwards.

We’ll talk more about this in the coming weeks. I would so welcome your sharing your personal loads/straws so I can address the more specific needs of your hearts. Will you? Let’s Talk! You can contact me confidentially at DrHelen@braveandresilient.com.

Helen B. McIntosh has a doctorate in counseling psychology and is a national board certified professional counselor and certified in reality therapy. An educator for 19 years, Dr. McIntosh is an author, a highly demanded national speaker and inventor of the Peace Rug®, an international curriculum for conflict resolution.