These days I’m living outside my comfort zone.
A new country, a new culture and a place where I can’t speak the language, and without the blessed invention of GPS, I’d be perpetually lost. Even with it, sometimes I still get lost!
I started out as a scaredy cat on wobbley legs, but I’m learning some things about fear–
- It is Deceiver, seeking to confuse or defeat me.
- It is Compass, reminding me of my own limitations while pointing to the strength and sufficiency of God.
(From Fraidy Cat.)
God knew our inclination toward fear of life’s uncertainties and unknowns, and by his providential grace, he provided remedy through his word.
- Fear reveals my frailty and need for God.
- Fear exposes void that begs filling with peace, love, courage, wisdom, joy.
- Fear recognizes my insufficiency and God’s strength.
Fear is a driving force straight to the throne of God. Isn’t that a beautiful redemption?!
Have you ever avoided trying something new because you were scared that you’d fail or look silly or you were worried about what others might think?
I know I have. Fear isn’t anchored only to life-impacting decision and circumstance, sometimes it’s tied to little things, too. There are countless things I’ve wanted to try but didn’t pursue because I knew I wouldn’t be good at it.
Which is absolutely ridiculous!
Why do we set a standard of perfection when we’re just learning how or trying something for the first time?
A group of friends recently invited me to join them for an Art Day. We gathered up basic supplies–and when I say basic, I mean watercolors and brushes bought at the Dollar Store–and chose a beautiful location for inspiration. I realized quickly I had no natural artistic ability; and although everyone else had painting experience, they were extremely encouraging and generous to me. Mostly I watched them work, learning through their mechanics and impressed by their skill.
In spite of my pitiful sketches (I didn’t make it to watercoloring), something magical happened on the dock that day: I let go of the fear of being “bad” at it! Amidst the encouragement of this sweet group of women, and creativity from within begging to get out, I tried…and had a blast!
I didn’t allow fear to hold me hostage and keep me from trying. Instead, my creative void that fear tried to fill with doubt and inadequacy was replaced with joy and accomplishment.
My friend and fellow (in)courage contributor, Dawn Camp, created a lovely print –”Give God your art; for her, it means asking how to use it to better serve Him and bless others (she’s a wonderfully talented photographer!). What I’m realizing more and more is that my desires are what God has already given me, especially when it comes to the creative.
If you’re one who identifies with my fraidy-cattedness, how can I pray specifically for you? What desires has God given you that you’ve been afraid to pursue because of doubt or feelings of inadequacy? Can I be your biggest cheerleader? Summer is the perfect time to exercise your creativity! Whether by writing or painting or drawing or crafting or WHATEVER, what have you always wanted to try but haven’t**?
GirlieQs, I’m convinced you have what it takes, and you can take confidence in the wisdom of my friend Nester ~ It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
Top photo credit: Jill McDonald from her etsy store.
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