Do Not Be Afraid!

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." Romans 8:15 A traumatic incident which occurred on the edge of the Grand Canyon when I was six years old created a fear of heights in me. It would affect me on occasion, but most poignantly in my 30's when my husband, Bob, our boys, and I would travel to New Mexico or Colorado to snow ski. Sitting on the ski lift would stir the butterflies to flight in my stomach because my feet would be dangling out and over, what appeared to be, a huge expanse between me and the snow-covered mountain below. Once the bottom of my skis met the top of the snow I was fine…until…I was in a clearing amidst the trees on the mountain in which I could see the town below; I would start to perspire and my heart would pound wildly in my chest.

I am reminded when Peter, James and John accompanied Jesus up the mountain top. All of a sudden before their very eyes, Jesus was transfigured. His clothes became bright white and His face shone like the sun. Without time to grasp what had just happened, Elijah and Moses appeared and they discuss with Jesus his impending death. Then a bright cloud surrounds all of them and the Father speaks from within the cloud and says, "This is my son, whom I love; with Him I am pleased, listen to Him!" (Matthew 17:5b) The Father settled any possible doubts in their minds that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah, in their experience and hearing. The Father also confirmed that when Jesus spoke, He spoke the very words of God. The disciples did exactly what I think I would have done, they fell face down on the ground. They had been walking and living with God incarnate, God cloaked in flesh, glory hidden. Now, they are in the presence of the fully glorified King of Kings and LORD of Lords, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Can you even imagine the speed of thoughts that are running through their minds and the intensity of differing emotions that are exploding within them? These three chosen disciples were honored with a precursor of what was to come in glory. They traveled up the mountain top with Jesus, their teacher, master, Lord and beheld a startling revelation and became overwhelmed with fear. They had encountered the true “mountain top” experience face-to-face with the LORD of Lords.

Realize possibly for the first time in your life, that He is in control of life and death. He is the beginning of time on earth and the end of time on earth because He is eternity. There is no life apart from Him. The very air we breathe is but a gift from Him to sustain our life in the physical. He is the First of everything created, visible and invisible, and He is the Last of everything created, visible and invisible. He is I AM WHO I AM! Let this reality overtake you with the majestic wonder that it truly is.

Now then, if you are a child of God, then you, hopefully, not only know Him in all His majestic glory, but you are also privileged to know Him as "daddy." Our “Abba” Father is our daddy who loves us more than we can even imagine. Jesus does what only a loving and caring Father will do to reassure his children, he put out his hand and touched them and said, "Do not be afraid." This majestic LORD of all creation, put out His hand as a Father would to comfort a child.

My fear of heights was a faulty perceived fear that ushered me into a feeling of terror and a thought of imminent death. But, my God and my Father takes me up to the mountain top, puts out his hand to calm my fears and says, "Do not be afraid." There is nothing to fear when you are in the very presence of the essence of peace. He holds eternity in His hands and He set eternity in the hearts of men, so that they would seek Him. Are you seeking Him? Do you know Him as LORD of Lords and Abba Father? When you seek Him with all of your heart, you will find Him. You will find Him in the entirety of who He is…I AM WHO I AM. Beloved, seek Him and find Him. Then, you will taste and see that the Lord is good.

Written by Jacquelyn who blogs at http://jacquelynwoolard.com. I am a wife, mother, sister, friend, Bible teacher, writer, designer, artist. A wretch ransomed, “brought me (us) into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” Colossians 1:13. With God’s help, running the race to pursue the Lord with resolute abandon. His love makes my heart thrive. Pressing on to honor Him with obedience, worship Him in the splendor of His holiness, and love Him with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind. Humbly amazed that He loves me and pressing on to be faithful to Him. “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12

My desire through writing and speaking is to proclaim the truth of the gospel and teach in such a way as to encourage a deeper walk and intimacy with Christ. Expressing the truths of the gospel so that our hope doesn’t rest on our efforts to change but in the unchanging beauty of the One who is and remains our only hope for a life transformed. A passion to unveil and bring into clear view the beautiful Redeemer and Restorer of life, the only truth, Jesus Christ.