In my twenty-four years, I have flown on an airplane more times than I can count. I have never been a huge fan of flying, but it was something I was always able to do without really any issues. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I became very afraid of it. The thought of being up in the air, without any way to escape, sends my mind into an instant panic. Just typing these words makes me tense up, and my heart rate starts to rise.
Since this fear has developed, I have been able to successfully dodge stepping foot on a plane, but this last summer it became a situation I could no longer avoid. My husband’s brother was getting married, and of course, we were expected to be there. In the weeks leading up to the day of our trip, I would pray, and pray, and beg The Lord to either, find a legitimate excuse for us to miss this trip, or to take away every doubt from my mind.
As the day drew near, my fear only became stronger, and an escape plan was nowhere in sight. As much as I wanted to be a part of this trip, I just couldn’t fathom the idea of getting on that plane. Like a child crying to their daddy about the monster under the bed, I would cry to The Lord, and ask Him to make it all better. But, even though my worries didn’t miraculously just disappear, in those moments of complete distress and hopelessness, I could continually feel The Lord telling me to trust in Him.
I think one of the hardest things for us, Christians, to learn in our walk with Christ, is to trust. We think we are doing such a great job, until all of a sudden, we are faced with a situation that throws us out of our realm of comfort, and causes us to cling onto any little ounce of control that we can find. We want to trust Him, but when backed up against a wall, it seems easier to rely on our own strength, than to look to His.
Trust in The Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
The way I saw it was, if The Lord was going to help me get through this trial, then He would have already answered my prayers. I had no proof that He would show up in time, and save the day, and because of this, it became almost impossible to take that step in faith.
But what I forgot was, that I did have proof of His faithfulness.. I had His word.. The only absolute truth in this life. Our Father in Heaven gave us The Bible as a way to talk to us, as a way to share His truths and His promises with us. It is His gift that He gave to us so that we can be filled with His wisdom, strength, courage, joy, and peace.
Now His Word is not only to comfort us, but it is also to fight for us. It is to be our sword in the battle, and with it, we will be able to defeat the enemy.
When The Lord reminded me of this amazing truth, it was then that I was finally able to fight. We are not called to give up and allow the enemy to win, we are called to have courage, seek The Lord, use the Weapons of Warfare, put on the whole Armour of Salvation, and fight. We must remember, though, that it’s not by our own strength, and ability that we will be able to win, but by His strength alone.
When the day of our trip had finally arrived, I was still filled with so much fear and worry. My mind was racing, I couldn’t stop shaking, but I was determined not to coward away. I was going to take this leap of faith. I got onto that plane and the panic started to set in. I wanted so much to run off, and I was just about to, and then… The cabin doors closed. Oh, no.. this is it, no escape. I could feel the panic start to overtake me. My pulse started to climb, my palms began to sweat, every negative thought raced through my head. There was no wait out, I surely wasn’t going to make it out of this one. What was I thinking? I couldn’t do this. I should have known He wouldn’t be there. And then all of a sudden there it was, that little flicker of light in the midst of all of the darkness that seemed to surround me. The scriptures that I had been studying for weeks, they all started to play over in my mind. And as I recited each scripture, the fog started to fade, the fear began to subside, and my heart filled with peace. He was there. In the midst of it all, He was with me. I knew that in this moment, my Lord had delivered. He had promised me all along that He would, He just needed me to trust Him.
The rest of the flight, and the flight home, whenever I felt the fear come creeping back, I would say another scripture, and it would vanish.
When I was preparing for my trip I decided to write down the scriptures that really spoke to my heart. I wrote them in my phone so that whenever I need them, I knew where to look.
16 Scriptures to calm a fearful heart:
And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
– Matthew 28:20
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
– Isaiah 26:3-4
Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
– Psalms 61:2
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.
– Psalms 73:26
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
– Deuteronomy 31:6
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
– Psalms 31:24
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
– Psalms 34:4
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
– Romans 8:15
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
– Romans 8:31
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
– John 14:27
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and shall not faint.
– Isaiah 40:31
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
– Isaiah 41:10
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
– Isaiah 43:1-2
And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
– Exodus 33:14
There are many times in life when we are faced with situations that cause our hearts to be filled with fear, stress, panic, and despair. The Lord teaches us not to fear, and to keep our eyes focused on Him. If we keep our minds and hearts filled with His presence, and His Word, then those feelings will have no power in our lives.
One more thing I wanted to talk about in this post, was what version of The Bible I use.
I am not here to say which Bible is the right one, I believe only The Lord can say which one(s) are the truth. I just want to encourage others to give this one a read, too.
I personally prefer the King James version. The reason for this is, firstly, because the church that I grew up in would only use this one, and so I am very used to it. Another reason is, there are certain key truths of The Bible that have been changed in some of the other versions (I don’t feel confident enough in my ability to explain this, so I won’t try). But, what draws me back to this version every time I try to read the others is, I just love the way it is written! Sometimes, the old language can be harder to understand and can require me to look up the words, but it’s so worth it. When I read this version, I feel like I can hear The Lord really speaking. I feel like these are His words just as He spoke them. When I read the new testament, it’s like I am one of the many followers standing around Jesus listening to Him preach. This version speaks to my heart, and to my soul, and brings me to a place where I am closer to Him.
What are some of your favourite scriptures when you’re feeling anxious or afraid?
What version of The Bible do you read, and why?
Leave me a comment.
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