The sounds of rustling grass in the wind, gravel moving under my feet, the gentle hums of my one-year-old on my back. These were the sounds of my first hike without another adult for company.
To be honest, I didn’t want to go on that hike, yet that urge to press into obedience was something I couldn’t shake. So there I was trekking up a mountain with my one-year-old on my back, and trusting God with each step.
For the first stretch of it, I kept my head down taking each step as something on my to-do list.
But then as those hills got steeper, I stopped to catch my breath, and I looked down. I was terrified. I could hardly believe I had walked such a high distance and until that point had not looked around. Suddenly, the path seemed so much narrower, so much rockier. I could feel my heart start racing with fear pouring into me.
I closed my eyes and said a prayer. I took a deep breath and remembered that rooting down to rise up was my only option if I was to finish the length of this hike. So I planted my feet firmly down, raised my arms and face, and took a long, deep cleansing breath.
I opened my eyes and with feet still firmly planted, I looked around. My eyes captured wildflowers covering the hills in bright yellows, a butterfly fluttering past me, and the still snow-capped peaks at a far distance. It was stunning and something that I would have missed entirely if I had kept looking at my feet. I took a few steps forward and tried to keep my gaze up but realized that this, too, was not a good choice.
Stepping onto a rocky trail while not being cautious, left room for missteps and mistakes. As I walked, I kept my gaze down and forward to look for any unstable ground on the trail. Yet every so often I made sure to stop. Root down and look up at this beautiful scenery.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. – Proverbs 31:17
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Trusting God Through Uncertainty and Fear
I realized that this is much life our walk in life with Christ. We are to look forward, to set about our work each day, to keep our gaze on the trail – but the end goal is not on this side of glory.
There will inevitably be times to be aware of uneven, rocky ground and bumps in the road. But then, even then, if we take just a moment to root down into His truths and look up, I assure you that there will be beauty.
Beauty among fear. Breathtaking vistas of His glory will always be seen even in the scariest parts of our lives. We only have to look up and see it.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. – Proverbs 31:25
I finished that hike thankful for the views, for safety, and for the reminder to root into Him and look up at the wonders He has created around us.
Best Fear-Fighting Scriptures
This week, take time to for a nature walk, take deep cleansing breaths and soak in the world the Lord has created for us you.
As uncertain seasons come your way, cling to these Scripture promises as a reminder of God’s faithfulness. May these fear-fighting Scriptures point you to hope and help you remember that God always journeys by your side.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
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As you practice trusting God through fear and uncertainty, may these Scripture cards point you to the hope of the Lord, even on your darkest day.
What areas in your life feel like rocky trails?
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Post by: Leslie Karst, part of the Holy Yoga Writing Team at holyyoga.net
Leslie lives in Nampa Idaho with her husband and five boys. You will usually find her on a trail or near a stream. She currently teaches yoga out of CrossFit 43 North. To stay connected and say hello you can find more info at. lesliekarst.com