Originally published Tuesday, 31 May 2016.
My friend reassured me there was no need to worry. “You’re going to LOVE it!” she promised. I bought into her zip-lining adventure as an exciting one until my fear of heights rose up into my throat. In a moment I realized it was too late to back out and it felt my heart was going to beat right out of my chest. Then I remembered, that day, I had left my big girl pants at home! I became doubly afraid. Anxiety had secretly gripped my heart.
Not sure if you have ever experienced zip-lining before but it’s an adventure all on its own level. Don’t even think about it if you are even a teensy-weensy squeamish about heights. At least you’ve been warned.
My friend kept saying how much fun it was again and again. Fear of falling gripped my mind. Seriously, how could a person survive a 5-second ride tethered by a skimpy harness, and hooked to a thin wire which stretched tight over so many trees? I gulped hard, and put on a brave face for her.
I stepped up to the platform. I listened to each word of our guide. I took in his advice and with all the gumption I could muster, I clenched the cord. I’m pretty sure my knuckles were white. I said a quick prayer, “God, hold me tight.”
In the woods, atop the trees, where the monkeys go to hide from humans, is where fear is heard. Echos of the wild and free ricocheted off of the tree tops. (It resembled a blood-curdling scream.) If you’ve been, you know what I’m talking about and I bet you screamed like a 5 year old girl too!
Next, something wonderful happened I didn’t expect.
I was held by the harness, secure and firm, with no threat to my personal security. I was safe and sound at the next platform. I did come away with one piece of advice: “You will love this, it’s more fun than you can imagine.” Now this makes for a nice girl adventure and all, but there’s more.
God spoke the moment I started to let go of my fear and anxiety with His reassurance, “Trust me to hold you!”
There are some days you just need to be held. On those days when you feel insecure, unsteady or just flat out fearful of how things are going to work out or what will happen next, there’s power in praying these simple words, “God, hold me tight.”
Trust in His hold and let go of your fears. In our spiritual journey, there are many circumstances which bring tons of opportunities to trust God. Recently faced with the unknown, I asked God to increase my faith but quickly realized I was asking for what I already had. The situation before me was an opportunity for God to lead me into a new level of trust.
Trust always involves making room for an active faith. To let the perfecting work of faith complete its action, you must push fears out of your mind. God’s faithfulness and security holds you close and guards against sneak fear attacks which tend to creep into your mind.
God is on your side, and is giving you daily opportunities to put your faith into action. He’s got you! Just like a harness, safe and securely tethered by His heart for you. His love never fails to hold you when life is uncertain. When you speak or scream, “God, hold on to me!”, feel His strong arms wrap around you. Close your eyes to silence your anxiety, release your fears, and the place your trust and dependence in His hands. He is the only One who says, “I am with you until the very end of the age.” He never lets go of you!
Fears are overcome by faith alone. As you let go, you’re held by His mercy, strength, and you are kept safe and secure. You can trust God to keep you where He leads you! Are you feeling shaky or fearful, afraid to look down? LOOK UP to the One who holds you tight! You can trust His hold on you!