I walked into the room used for youth theatre practices. As usual, it was full of kids wandering about, waiting for class to begin. I immediately noticed something out of the ordinary, however… One girl, a little older than I, was on the ground, leaning against a wall, crying. What? No one else was paying any attention to her, though she sat in full view of the room. Coming to a stop in the middle of the room, I looked over at her. And looked back. I looked over at her again… and looked back again. Should I go talk to her? I didn’t want to embarrass her…
Of all people, our director walked by me through the people and noticed my internal conflict. “If you think you should go talk to her, then do it!” he told me, and moved on. Alright then. Squaring my shoulders, I walked over to her like I should have done in the first place and asked if she was okay. She looked up at me with tears running down her face and said that she wasn’t okay. Well, of course. I should have asked a better question. I continued to stand there, at a loss of what to say next.
I never did find out why she was crying. One of the other directors came over, helped her out of the room and took care of her.
So often we allow our fear of man stop us from fearing God. We choose to worry about what those around us think rather than choosing to please God. I was too concerned about what the other kids in the room would think or what the girl herself would think to do what I should have done and shown God’s love and compassion to her.
What are you afraid of? Heights? People? People’s opinions? Rejection? Failure? Spiders? Disappointment? New things? The future? Unknown? Bears? Some of those are healthy fears… I mean, fear of bears is a pretty wise idea, don’t you think? But the problem comes when we allow those fears to paralyse us, to rule our hearts. The only person who should be ruling our heart is God.
When we fear God, we fear nothing else because we trust His power. But when we don’t fear God, we fear everything else because deep down we know that we can’t handle any of it by ourselves. My sister put it this way: “Fearing God is understanding His power.” Understanding that God is in control and revering Him as we should. Choosing to stand boldly because we want to praise and please our King as He deserves.
The Bible has a whole lot to say about this (especially Proverbs)! Go and look it up for yourself! And don’t fall into the trap that I did at that theatre practice—remember to fear God rather than people. Which will truly matter in the end when you stand before God?
Your sister in Christ,