One of my favorite line from the movie Chasing Mavericks gave me a paradigm shift on how I relate to fear.
Fear is healthy…Panic is deadly.
This line stayed with me after watching and kept me pondering…
I guess fear is inevitable. Most everyone is afraid of something. Will life ever be the same for me five years from now? Will I ever be successful? Will I be able to protect and provide for my family? Will I be able to send my kids to a good school? How many of the above are you afraid of?
Fear is healthy in a sense that it requires us to become aware of the situation. Somehow, fear will motivate us to move toward the change instead of avoiding it. Although some of us can do our best with worrying thoughts; Fear has the potential to shift our whole emotional perspective.
Panic is deadly because we tend to fear the worst and exaggerate our own sensations.
I remember when I had my swimming lesson. I start to hit the panic button when my feet cannot touch the ground anymore, causing me to tumble under water catching for my very breath.
It comes in useful when we know how to respond accordingly to a real threat.
I learn something about those colossal waves called mavericks. And that mythical giant waves actually exist.
In real life, we cannot keep up with the winds and big waves that are tossing us to and fro.
Drowning can happen quickly and quietly anywhere .
God is the One to whom we need to yield control.
Through big waves we can see the greatness of God. The same holds true of any challenges we face in life.
Remember, it’s the same God who calmed the furious storm and the One who is holding us.
Let us draw near to the Lord and so we won’t drown.