We are all experiencing some degree of fear right now, whether that fear is that we’ll get the virus, that we’ll lose our job or run out of food, or that our business won’t survive the economic crisis. Whatever you fear at this moment, it’s absolutely valid. And, you’re not alone in it.
We all struggle with fear no matter how much we work to lean on God in times of crisis. Uncertainty is a playground for fear even for the strongest among us. What I want to encourage you to do, however, is get active about fighting back fear and lack of faith that God is in absolute control. Fear grows like a weed, and you need to tend to your garden every hour.
One of the core beliefs that decided to have in my life is that God works all things out for my good. He made this promise to me and you (Romans 8:28). So even though it looks like the coronavirus stalled or prevented some of our plans, I’ve made a decision to believe that it’s all somehow working in my favor. I may not know how it’s working out in my favor, I just know that it is.
I want you to join me in a practice that will get us both active about fighting this fear that is determined to take us out. Grab your journal, a notepad, or a scrap sheet of paper and let’s do this.
First, we’re going to write down on paper what we’re afraid of. What is the recurring idea of catastrophe, loss, or sickness you’re battling? Write it down.
Second, find God’s promise to take care of that thing for you. If it’s fear of loss, take a look at Matthew 6:25-31: “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.” Remind God of his promise to meet your needs. If you’re battling thoughts of catastrophe or sickness, remind God of this word in Psalm 91:10: “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
Now, I want you to take a look at how you’ve been living. Have you just been going through the motions of life? Have you really been living? Do you even want the job you’re afraid of losing?
This is your moment, Queen. The world is upside down, and when this world and this country escapes this crisis, it won’t be the same as it was. Now is your time to create your new reality. What will you build? What will you create? I’m not asking you to abandon what you have, only to consider what’s possible if you took advantage of this opportunity to recreate or change the direction of your life.
This crisis has changed many of us in a lot of ways, so why not go back into the world after this is over – instead of who you were and as the person you’ve always wanted to be? The person who is stronger, more skilled, and more well read.
A friend of mine, just last week, decided she was going to take this opportunity to launch her business, and she’s already booked. I know another Queen who’s been building a business in the health and wellness space, and her revenue went up 400% because of this crisis. It isn’t even about the money, but it is about recognizing the highest and best way you can be of service to the world in this moment.
Close your eyes and imagine the end of this crisis. See yourself employed or as a new business owner. See yourself performing the new skill you learned over the weeks you were sequestered in the house.
Now, speak your dream. Speak it every day. Give life to God’s promises and your dreams by using your voice. Mark 11:23 says, “I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.”
Winning against fear is a daily decision to not sit idly, to speak out against it, and to occupy yourself with God’s promises. Decide to believe that everything will be okay, that your needs are and will be met, and that somehow, some way God will work this out for your good.