Fear – anxiety, panic, alarm

Dread that may be without purpose

But a darkness that is powerful and strong

It was fear –

That taught me to listen to the demons

Of doubt, distrust and discouragement

It was fear –

That left me feeling like I was unworthy

When Jesus whispered “faith” to my heart

It was fear –

That silenced my hopes and my dreams

Colored me in hues of doubt and disbelief

It was fear –

That lingered on my thoughts when I was hurting

Breaking through the peace, the serenity in my soul

It was fear –

That smothered out all my greatest inspirations

Destroying my ideas, my insights into contentment

It was fear –

That ruined the beauty of those moments

When joy sought me out to fill my spirit with elation

It was fear –

That wrecked my plans when I was on fire, passionate

About some hope or desire, purpose that was alive in me

It was fear –

That erased my designs when I had things figured out

Leaving me with complete confusion, perplexed and disillusioned

It was fear –

That darkened the sun’s rays, editing out grace

Promising nirvana when all that was – was shame

It was fear –

That hurried me past the wonder and the awe

Gone were the joys that comforted my thoughts

It was fear –

That promised me the moon and the stars

When, in all truth, there was only the cynicism

It was fear –

That allowed me to reflect on the losses

Wounds that were painful and tinted with heartache

It was fear –

That coached me in hatred and loathing

Prompting my aversion to the light of truth

It was fear –

That sought me out with its heated breath

Raging horrors of apprehension and distress

It was fear –

That I left behind when I found His grace

Saving me from my unending quest for faith!

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV) 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.

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