I was born Northern Ireland. Growing up, all my relatives lived overseas. I spent many summers traveling to visit family. I remember flying in prop planes across the ocean. The flight took much longer back in those days. I loved flying, that is until one day in the 1970s. My mom and I were flying from Belfast to Scotland to visit an aunt and uncle. The flight transpired during the height of “The Troubles” in Ireland. About halfway through the trip, we heard a tremendous bang, and the aircraft dropped thousands of feet. Several people on the flight passed out during the fall. The event terrified me. Since that day, I feared flying.
Psalm 46:1 (NIV)”God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
I continued to fly because I love to travel. Usually, I sit white-knuckled the entire plane ride waiting for the worst to happen. Years later, God called me to mission work. My first mission trip was only a short flight away in Haiti. However, as time wore on, God called me further from home. These trips meant longer plane rides and many tiny prop planes, which I feared the most. When the flight required a prop plane, my heart thumped in my chest as my hands started sweating. Sometimes the fear almost paralyzed me. I questioned God; why do you keep calling me when you know my terror of flying?
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Finally, one day, I felt the Lord impress upon me that He wanted me to trust Him fully. I had a choice to make, entirely rely on God when I flew or continue to travel with anxiety. I finally got tired of feeling afraid. I prayed for an entire week before one trip to help calm my dread of flying. Slowly, I felt a change. With perseverance, I finally released my doubt to God. Now, I can fly without that fear in the pit of my stomach. Praise the Lord!
Philippians 4:6 (ESV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
God is our refuge and strength. We all have concerns that dominate our thoughts and lives. Those worries can control us. Christ wants us to give Him our fears so we can spend our time focusing on the right things. I found one hundred verses in the Bible reassuring us not to fear because God is with us. He wants to carry the burden of our fears. The choice is ours.
Yvonne – blogger, speaker and author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”