Fear, Frying Pans and Grasshoppers – Oh My!

Have you ever been venturing into uncharted territory in life, happily plodding along trusting God,
 figuring faith has you covered when all of a sudden 
 Fear clobbers you like an iron pan to the head and suddenly amidst the stars circling around,
you remember that you have no business in this new, unknown land anyway and you better get your tush straight on outta here before something worse happens.

Yup, that was me as I perused some wonderful Faith Blogs and considered some guest contributing opportunities to share, learn, network and grow. All of a sudden I was reading the details and suddenly I went from inspired to downright conspired against!

I felt like I had just seen those “Giants” that were “Grasshoppers” in Joshua’s & Caleb’s eyes.

I FELT like the grasshopper in a land of giants and suddenly my portion seemed very small.
Well if that isn’t enough to send me running right to my Father’s feet I don’t know what is.
I need to remember that with the Lord with me I can do all things through Him.
 I think this is an important verse to cling to when I am stepping out in faith following Him.
I need to understand there are times when it might seem scary.
I think back to Israel’s history and so often they were looking at scary circumstances.

But they also saw the Lord their God make a way where there was no way.
I feel these days I am on a similar journey.

Do I hearken back to the familiar, comfortable and known safety of the past or do I continue to step out and see God’s mighty hand provide, guide and lead me into a new place of faith and life I have not yet known.

I do not have answers yet. Just hints, whispers and a path I have yet to see clearly.

The result of this is my eyes are on the One who leads.
I dare not take them off of Him, because this is what He desires of me.
This is the only way for me to “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway”, as the title of a book
I read years ago by Susan Jeffers states.
 This is the path I must follow.

 It is an unknown path to me but not to the One I am following.
May I keep my eyes fixed on Him as He leads me.
May I be found faithful.

May I fight the good fight and bring glory to His name, not by power, nor by might but by His Spirit. May your fears, friends, also fall by the wayside in the light of His Truth and Holy Power.

  May all your perceived giants be but the grasshoppers they truly are when you realize, accept and acknowledge the God of the Universe is standing by your side. 
Let us walk into this uncharted territory together, 
by faith into the beautiful land filled with milk and honey 
that the Lord is calling each of us to.

*This is a Repost from July 2011-
I am sharing some of my “least viewed” posts from the first few
months of blogging this month!
I welcome your “views” and comments! 

View the original here: “Sometimes It’s Scary” 

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

4 thoughts on “Fear, Frying Pans and Grasshoppers – Oh My!

  1. This is amazing, true and I love it so much! I know exactly what you mean about reading the details and suddenly you are chirping like a grasshopper! You have a great way of illustrating the feeling!And its a good idea to pull from the early posts when you had fewer readers!! One smaaaarht girl!


  2. Yes, that IS a great idea…and this post was wonderful! We didn't know you “then”, but now that we do, watch out!! Seriously, you just continue to step out into that land of so-called “giants”. You may find out that God is using YOU to encourage and inspire them as well! Frankly, I would put you right up there against them anytime. YOu are a blessing to me! Thank you!


  3. What I would love to know since you are revisiting older posts, is the outcome to your fear? Did you go ahead and trust in God's plan for you to expand, or what? I hope you have a wonderful day, waving hi from the hills of North Carolina 🙂


  4. keep stepping out into the giants…it is good for you and grows you…and i think at some point we have all felt like that you know…but god gave you stuff you need to do it..so…and in doing so you honor him…


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