Fear Not by Kenika



There is always a reason why we refuse to step out, do something
great, or even believe that something great can happen for us.  The
easiest and most obvious answer is fear.  In the Bible, “Fear not”, or
“Do not be afraid” is mentioned 365 times.  There are 365 days in our
calendar year so many have said God was purposeful in doing that.
That means there is a verse of Scripture for every day of our year,
commanding us to have courage and to remain unafraid. God showed
me three different types of fear, although it undoubtedly can take on
many forms, I found three that may be relatable to just about anyone.
Clown Car Fear
My cousin is an adult, a mother, and a believer in Jesus Christ from her
youth.  She has salvation and victory through His sacrifice, she
believes in Him to take care of her and to order her steps.  However,
she is deathly afraid of clowns.  I might be giggling as I write this, but
this is a very real thing to her.  I recall a story years ago of her driving
down the street minding her business when a car with a clown driving
pulled up next to her.  She absolutely lost it!  Screaming, crying and
virtually paralyzed and unable to drive forward until the car with the
clown driving was completely out of sight.  Poor guy was probably on
his way to work or to a birthday gig, but for her it was a traumatizing
experience.  Another kind of fear in this category could be snakes,
spiders, or heights, but it’s the kind of fear that is very visible and very
obvious both to the person struggling with it, and anyone around them
when the agent presents itself.
Hospital Fear
I don’t tend to be admittedly afraid of very many things, but as I’ve
gotten older I find myself not liking hospitals or needles.  As a matter
of fact, I remember as a little girl it was time for me to get shots for
school and the conversation with the doctor went a little like this:
Doctor: “Do you want it in this arm?”
Me: “No”
Doctor: “This arm?”
Me: (Shaking head as to say no)
Doctor: “Okay…do you want it in this leg?”
Me: “NO”
Doctor: “What about this leg?”
Me: “NO”
Doctor: “Well then… where do you want it?”
Me: (Hysterical at this point) “I don’t want it at all!”
I do get a little crazy with the phlebotomists and have to be coaxed
into putting my arm down for blood to be drawn, but as an adult I can
typically hide this fear.  I am a frequent visitor to the hospital for births
and even sometimes deaths, but the queasy feeling I get in my
stomach walking in, no one would ever be able to detect.
Elusive Fear
I know people whose parents have said things to them as a child that
have stuck with them into adulthood. Or perhaps an incident of abuse
took place at a young age and the manifestations are present today,
although at times they go undetected.  Maybe your mother or father
used to punish you by saying, “I’m leaving you and not coming back”,
or something to that extent.  As an adult you have now discovered
that you have abandonment or attachment issues because of it. This is
elusive fear.  It is a fear that reveals itself much later in life and
perhaps was not as easy for you to detect or trace.
You may be judging my cousin with the clown fear and think that
it is ridiculous, or perhaps you’re judging my slight fear of needles and
hospitals because it seems childish, but I know that no one can escape
elusive fear.  It’s the fear that you can’t make it because your parents
didn’t make it, it’s the fear you have of pursuing your dreams, the fear
of failure, the fear of success, or perhaps you worry about your
relationship with your kids since you don’t have a good relationship
with your parents.  It can be anything. Taking it a step further maybe
you relate to the Clown Car Fear, Hospital Fear, and/or Elusive Fear.
No matter where we find ourselves, God commands us to “Fear Not.”
Since it is present 365 times in Scripture, I imagine He was trying to
drive a point home. Although we may wrestle with fears, we do not
have to be conquered by our fears. Through Him we have the victory
over fears. We can surrender whatever we are afraid of to Him and He
will heal the areas that need to be healed and give us a chance at a
better future free from the torture of fear.