• Kara Abernathy

No Fear of the Future

Everyone has silly fears.

My silly fear developed from watching an episode of “Full House” every day after school with my older sister. This beloved T.V. show caused me to develop an irrational fear of ostriches. The minute I saw Kimmy Gibbler’s ostrich attack Danny Tanner’s fence, I was scared straight.

This unrealistic and overwhelming fear continued throughout my growing up experience – all the way to high school when two of my friends thought it’d be funny to google “attacking ostriches” and print images to attach to the inside of my locker.

I opened my locker during that prank and immediately slammed the door. It’s safe to say I was very angry that they preyed on my fear – even if it was silly.

Everyone also has substantial fears.

While I knew the chances of an ostrich attacking me in Kansas City were basically zero, there were real fears that preyed on my heart.

Substantial fears are things that actually prevent us from having peace. They keep us up at night. They lead to anxiety.

My substantial fears growing up were worrying I might choose the wrong college or pursue the wrong major or marry the wrong person.

What is your silly fear?

What is your substantial fear?

The thing is, God knows our fears. He knows them and can totally take control if we allow Him to do so.

Remembering past times of God’s faithfulness allows us to realize how He can comfort and strengthen us in the present. If we remember our past, it leads to more confidence that He's got the future under control.

My substantial fear of pursuing the wrong major actually took place.

I was in my sophomore year of college when I realized I was heading toward a career path that I would eventually despise. God was faithful in putting people in my life at just the right moment to encourage me to switch majors.

Plus, in His perfect timing, the circumstances aligned so that I could enroll in the last class I needed (with two days to spare in the enrollment window) in order to apply to the new major’s program of study. He was faithful even when my substantial fear came true.

Remembering how God intervened in my past helps me when I’m waiting on His intervention now.

Our fears have no power compared to His power.

Meditating on God’s faithfulness in our past leads to gratitude for what God has done. That gratitude leads to peace because we are able to replace our fear with faith.

As we face our substantial fears, may we take comfort in the words of Isaiah:

“Remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose’” (Isa. 46:9-10).

Looking at your list of 2-3 substantial fears, write down 2-3 ways God has already been faithful in that area of your life or in a similar area of your life. Wait expectantly. He will remain faithful now.

God is above all and His power stands. Nothing can compete – no fear, silly or substantial.

As I head into year 27, I am eagerly expecting God to move in unexpected ways. If I’ve learned anything in 27 years, it is that God continually surprises me.

Year 27

My past proves that God can work with my fears and help me navigate how to surrender to Him.

“I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all that you have done;
I ponder the work of your hands.
I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land” (Ps. 143:5-6).

God has it all under control. He has a purpose from beginning to end. We can choose to live in fear or we can choose to allow God’s Word to provide us with peace.

I’m choosing boldness & fearlessness for year 27!

  • How can you reflect on God’s goodness in the past?

  • How can you apply His faithfulness to your current fear?

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© 2019 Kara Abernathy

Disclaimer: my thoughts do not necessarily reflect the thoughts of my employer.

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