What If You Could? - Find Faith In The Face Of Fear

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading


When I was a young woman, I had an opportunity to move to Washington, DC, to work on a presidential re-election campaign. I was thrilled at the idea of crossing the country and setting out on my life’s adventure as an adult. When the time came and a real offer was in front of me, I felt torn. The thought of leaving my family to set out on my own was exciting—but I was stuck as I pondered what might lie ahead. I loved all my family. How could I leave them behind? And yet I had been given the opportunity of a lifetime— to work in a political campaign and subsequently in the administration. But what if I failed? How could I hold my head up if I came back with my tail between my legs? My thoughts and fears were defeating me. I prayed for an answer, but I wasn’t allowing myself to hear it in faith. I was stuck in the fear of, “What if I couldn’t?” 

So I went to my parents’ house and sat on the bed with my mom. “What should I do?” I asked. She replied, “Go. If you don’t like it, you can always come back. But you’ll never know what God has for you if you don’t try.” That was exactly what I needed to hear. I packed up two suitcases with as much as they would hold, and on January first, I landed at Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, ready to start my new adventure. I never looked back. God has taken me places most people only dream of going, simply because I said, “Yes, Lord.” 

All the things I’ve accomplished happened because I took that first step even though I was anxious and fearful. The more I relied on my faith, the more I succeeded. I have learned over my life that God is always faithful to His Word. Once I stepped out in faith, He was not going to leave me unarmed for battle. There were battles along the way, but in this fallen world we will always encounter battles. What if you could learn to use your faith to face your fear, to cast out doubt and unbelief, to break through to success and peace, and to do all that you are called to do in this life? Well, if you can believe all that God has told us about faith, then I believe you can live a successful life. With faith, you as a child of God are “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17 NKJV).