What do you think about flying?
It seems that people have different feelings about flying. Some don’t mind it at all. I have found that some can even talk about plane crashes while flying. Some people hate the fact of even thinking about flying. And others are just indifferent.
One time I was on a flight and the plane was tossing around to where I wondered if I was going to make it out alive. The airline attendant, while walking down the aisle, even fell on some of the passengers due to the turbulence being so bad. I found myself gripping the handles of my seat so hard my fingers hurt. I asked God for help. At that moment I noticed a priest across the aisle reading a book while nodding off to sleep. Here I was wondering if I was going to die, heart pounding, and asking God for help and I see a man just nodding off to sleep while the airplane was jumping around. This story immediately came to my mind and I realize at this moment that God is in control:
Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?” Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?” Mark 4:35-40(MSG)
Have you been in a similar situation? What happen? How do you deal with this kind of fear? Does it control your life or do you allow God to control it? Pray for God to help you and others to seek Him in all that you do and that you will be able to sleep through your fears.
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I spent many years, most of my life in fact, being controlled by irrational fear. Years again I didn’t even want to go back and visit old friends because I was afraid they wouldn’t accept me. What if they thought I didn’t look appropriate any more? Or what if they just weren’t interested in seeing me and I got caught in a situation where I felt rejected. Yes, I was afraid of flying too and just about everything else. Fear took me to the point that I couldn’t think of anything else. It snow balled into an obsession and life become unbearable.
One day, after spending Christmas with family but missing so much of the joy, I realized I was wasteing my life being afraid. My kids were growing up, my husband was burdened by my paranoia, and I was missing a wonderful life. I made a choice to stop living by fear. The choice was easy; making it a daily reality was very difficult. That mindset shift had to come a piece at a time and with divine assistance. God was faithful and I was determined to trust Him and not the unrealistic picture that kept popping in my head. After a few weeks my hands quit trembling, panic attacks ceased, and I was able to get a good night’s sleep without the aid of medication. Praise the Lord, I was finding healing. Thank you God that you DO calm the storms in our lives if we let You. Help us to relax and rest in You and not look for peace in our circumstances.
Isaiah 26:3 People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit.