My youngest daughter, my mother-in-law and myself were standing outside of a shed/garage type building. Two doors hung wide open which revealed the contents of hay and tools and random, miscellaneous stuff. We turned from the cluttered view at the bottom of the drive and looked instead to the road at the top end of the drive. It was a pretty day. The trees were full of green leaves. There was a two story white house sitting to our left on the gently sloping lawn that looked peaceful and inviting.
Suddenly, a very large pink bus drove on the road above. I’d never seen anything like it. Rachel and I faced each other, expressions full of amazement and exclaimed at the same time, “A life sized Barbie bus!” Who would’ve guessed?
When we turned to face the road again, I realized with horror that the bus was backing down the driveway and would soon be upon us. We did the only thing we could think to do — all three of us went straight to the ground, flat on our backs, just in time. The bus straddled us. We lay underneath, unscathed. I extended my arms straight behind my head, curled my fingers around the bumper, and rolled the bus off of us. I could do that, you see, because the bus was made of plastic.
Knowing the girls’ deep affection for anything Barbie, I couldn’t wait to tell them this crazy dream. We all burst out laughing when I told them how I rolled the bus off of us. It was ludicrous, thinking I could move a bus . . . and that it was made of plastic.
“You know,” I said, “I was afraid when I saw that big rear end coming toward us but I wasn’t afraid while we were underneath it. I didn’t even pause to consider what we’d do, I simply grabbed a hold of that bumper and pushed.”
Rachel said, “It shows that you never thought you couldn’t move the bus.”
That’s faith, don’t you think?
Some of you may have gotten some bad news recently, maybe even today. There’s that bill or debt that looms like a ghost in a closet and you’re not sure how it’s gonna get paid. There’s that doctor’s report that sits like a brick in your gut ’cause the “professionals” have said there’s no hope. There’s that person who walked out on you, the one who said, and the one you thought, would be there forever. Now you stand at the door looking out at a big expanse called the world. It looms like a nightmare before you as you consider walking it alone.
F.E.A.R. is an acronym that stands for:
Did you know, that if you have put your faith in Jesus, all of the bad things above may be factual but they aren’t necessarily true? If we let the world get in us, then we’re in trouble. But if we hold the Word of God inside of us then we see the above examples of “bad news” through a different lens.
Fact: I have bill/debt and I’m not sure how it’s gonna get paid.
Truth: This bill/debt will be paid because God said He will supply all my need according to His riches in glory. (Philippians 4:19) I am not impoverished because Jesus became poor so that I might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Fact: The doctor says there’s no hope.
Truth: There’s always hope because Jesus says that by His stripes I am healed. (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24) I will not die but will live to tell what the LORD has done for me. (Psalm 118:17)
Fact: My loved one is gone and I am alone.
Truth: I am not alone for Jesus said He will never leave me nor forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5 *Hebrews 13:5 is really cool to read in the Amplified version.)
These are simple examples of how to combat the facts of life with the truth of God’s Word. Joshua 24:15 says to choose whom you will serve. Our choice. Is choosing truth easy? Not necessarily. It requires discipline which requires persistence and consistence. I wrote often in earlier posts about not being conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2) — which happens by being submersed in the Word. Carving out time for God and His Word can be difficult at times, especially when life is coming at us full tilt. But making Him a priority brings great joy, peace, and an enlightening view to all that life brings. Even when I’m frustrated, angry, or in shock over what’s going on in the world around me, it’s difficult for me not to look at it all through God’s scope. That’s where God needs His people to be. We must quit looking at the world around us and seeing what we see. Instead we need to ask, “What does God see? More importantly, what does He say about it?” Do you realize how much peace we would have if we’d all view life the Creator’s way?
That’s God’s Word Girl’s offering for today. If you feel like the bus of life is on top of you, realize it’s made of plastic. Curl your fingers around the bumper and push. We can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Join me today in pushing off the weight of F.E.A.R. that this world has to offer and trade it for childlike faith in our unfailing God.