Choosing to walk in love and not fear is quite simple. But you have to understand what it means to choose that path, if you want it to be true.
I have always wanted it. But never fully understood what it meant. The other day I woke up and made a decision to really consciously and purposefully walk in love and not fear that day. It took a lot of brain power to stay true to that decision. But it was a truly amazing experience.
I had a vision of a black, stormy cloud thundering and rumbling, but I was pushing it away. As I pushed it aside, it sat in the corner of the room, never disappearing but never altering my emotions or train of thought, because I did not sit underneath it. This stormy cloud represented my fears, worries and anxiety. I remembered the Bible verse 1 Peter 5:7 "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." and I chose to push the cloud away again and again as the day rolled on. As I did this, I would say "this is your burden Lord, you have the capacity to hold all of this in your hands so I can walk freely in your love."
I felt peaceful that day and every day since. I now understand what it means to walk in love and not fear. It simply means to cast your cares upon God. This is why He never gives us more than we can handle, because He actually carries the burden for us.
Believing I am loved by my Creator, believing I am worthy and valuable no matter the circumstance I am in, having that hope, having something far greater than me, something I can lean into and depend on is nothing short of the epitome of all the beauty and wholeheartedness this life has to offer. Choosing to push aside the fear to walk freely in His love, the love that comes from believing despite a very daunting and overwhelming reality, is more rewarding than words can say.
That day I chose to walk in love and not fear was the same day we got bad results back from the latest check-up scan done on my cancer-fighting niece. Despite the heartbreaking cry I felt in the moment, I felt immense peace - because fear was not dictating my next move or emotion. Fear was pushed into the corner. Fear was rumbling in the distance but was not rumbling in my ear or over my head. I was able to seperate my experience from the fear that would normally rise up in such a situation. I simply said "Lord you need to take this from me, and carry this heartbreaking news. You need to deal with this on my behalf because I need your Love."
Everyday since I have been focused on maintaining my walk in love and not fear. And something wonderful is starting to happen; I am finding perspective, wisdom and insight for situations that I normally would be crippled by because of fear. Casting my fears onto the Lord is giving him the burden of the reality I face, which in return gives me the freedom to move forward in His anointing and actually do what I need to do, to make it through the trenches. I am free to action the wisdom I hear from the Holy Spirit, free to move in love and help others, free to respond with grace because I am not carrying the burden.
This is what it means to choose love, not fear and to walk in that love all the days of your life. It is a constant choice and effort to cast your cares aside. You still feel the usual emotions, but you don't sit in those emotions; you don't get stuck in that place of heartbreak that often leads to despair, depression or anxiety to name a few ruts.
Anxiety comes by worrying about what might happen. The key word being 'might' and often the truth being 'never.' Instead we could be casting that into the hands of our Creator, who freely gives us this gift; He offers to carry our burdens for us. In return He gives us a burden too - a burden of love. Love drives us to do the impossible. Love drives us to be healed and bring healing. Love drives us to be restored and help restore others. This is a burden that brings freedom and peace. This is an incredible gift in exchange for our anxiety. A gift so generous, gracious and exquisite.
Fear never completely leaves, but it can be pushed aside. The more we push it aside the easier it becomes to walk in love and not fear. It is in this motion from fear to love that the work of the Cross becomes true in our life.