Growth – The Tunnel

Daniel 3:17 NKJV

“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.

The tunnel is the place I have been for more than a year; naked, cold, and separated from others. It’s a place where I learned to trust God more and more.  He provided for all my needs and kept me from harm.  

The tunnel was a place I could not avoid, no matter how much I may have wanted to do so. At this time, I was reminded of Jonah. Just like the fiery furnace and the lion’s den, the tunnel is not here to harm me but to prepare me for a better place. At the end of the tunnel, like Job, whatever was lost will be replaced tenfold. So, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF YOUR TUNNEL!

I am now walking up the steps to get out of the tunnel…HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!

Growth – Fear

I used to worry a lot ( I mean A LOT). Growing up, I worried mostly about my family.  Over the years, I began to worry less when I came to realize I was not pleasing God this way.  Fear is not of God.  Nevertheless, the past year, I had to fight against fear yet again: fear of the unknown.  Not knowing what is going to happen next was a scary feeling.  However, my brother helped me to remember that God was beside me and He had control (He had His hand on the steering wheel), so it was okay to move forward into the darkness until I reached the lighted area again.  It was also okay to fall off the precipice.  I know this sounds scary but once you do it you come to realize that there was nothing to fear.  How to overcome the crippling effect of fear?  Accepting that nothing was in my control and God only has my best interest at heart.  No good thing will He withhold from me.  His word will not return to Him void.  These are things I keep in mind constantly.  As Chris Tomlin sang, “I know who goes before me…the God of angel armies is by my side…whom [or what] shall I fear?”  God understands our fear/anxiety/worry; thus, He continuously reminds us that we should be strong and be of good courage as He does His will in our lives.  So everyday, with God, I stand against fear.