“You have to get closer to the edge to get started rappelling.”

I had a death grip on my rope and belay device. My instructor, Rainbow Weinstock, was attempting to encourage me that I was secure. I had spent the final 3 hours climbing up the side of a mountain and it was total bliss. Now that I had to get down, and the only way down was rappelling off the edge of a higher cliff, total bliss was consumed by total worry

I have a terrible worry of heights and falling. Why would I choose this activity? Every thing in me was screaming “danger!” “run!” “escape!”. I couldn’t move. I was frozen in my worry, however Rainbow kept encouraging me. 

“I’ve got you. You are tied into the anchor, the anchor is secured to the mountain, your belay device is safe, and there are guys on the ground to assist guide you down. You are not going to shed handle and fall.  You have to move closer to the edge, and lean back in your harness to be in the appropriate position. This is the only way to get down.” 

Can I Do This

I take a swift glimpse more than the edge of the mountain and promptly tighten my death-grip on the rope. This guy is nuts. He desires me to get closer to the edge? Certainly that move is sudden death. What am I carrying out right here? 

 Yet, I climbed this mountain. Unless I wanted to reside up right here, I had to get down. Gradually, I ignore the voice in my head screaming “danger!” “death!” and move closer to the edge.  After I got close sufficient, I turned my back to it. Tears get started to fall.

“Okay Renegade, you have to lean back additional in your harness.”

The voice screaming “danger” gets louder. 

I get started to shake.

Gradually, I lean back. 

“Alright, now keep in mind what I showed you. Gradually get started moving the rope in amongst your hands and get started lowering oneself. Don’t forget, you handle the speed. And if something occurs, I’ve got you.”

Gradually with tears falling, I get started to reduce myself more than the edge of the cliff. I take modest measures, and quickly my feet are in front of me and I am standing on the edge of a mountain. The ground is more than 100 feet under me. My worry is loud, but I push previous it. With every single step, I get more than the edge and closer to the ground. 10 minutes later, I am on the ground.  

I couldn’t think what I had completed.

From the best, the way down seemed not possible. But when I got a grip on my worry, I was in a position to do it.  I was elated I had just rappelled 170 feet down the side of a mountain! All the worry I skilled earlier that was just about crippling was totally gone. I stared into the face of a thing I definitely feared and conquered it.

Freedom from Worry

In my journey with worry, I have discovered the only way to conquer it, is to run towards it. This goes against anything our flesh says- run from or stay away from what you worry.  But by operating from it, we only delay the inevitable: quickly we will have to face what we worry.

I obtain the most effective instance of operating toward worry is the battle amongst David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17).  Right here had been Israel and King Saul unable to continue in battle mainly because they had been paralyzed by worry. For days, they had been assaulted by Goliath’s threats of destruction. Note, Goliath by no means really did something physically to the army of Israel. They had been just verbal threats.

However this was sufficient to paralyze them. They forgot that they had been God’s selected and as an alternative of facing Goliath, they ran from him. This occurred repeatedly till David showed up.

David knew who he was and who’s he was.

He knew who was fighting for him it permitted him to face the giant.

Eventually, David got the victory.

There’s a lot to understand from David’s actions and I’ve completed my most effective to apply them to worry-conquering. After I discovered to trust God and move toward what I was afraid of, I identified that I had victory far much more typically than defeat. How to Combat Your Fears

Have you ever struggled with worry as I have? If so,  right here are a couple of truths that I’ve utilized to get me by way of. I hope they can be a assist to you as effectively:

Truth # 1:  Worry is not from God.

 2 Timothy 1:7 states, “ For God has not offered us a spirit of worry, but of energy and of really like and of a sound thoughts.”

Worry is a spirit sent from the devil to torment, trap and steal from us. I’ve had worry destroy relationships, take away blessings, stop promotions, delay promises just mainly because I had worry controlling me. We are youngsters of God. The only issue that ought to be ruling us is Christ and His really like (1 John four:18).  The only spirit we ought to permit in our lives is the Holy Spirit.

Truth # two:  God is usually with us. 

Be powerful and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord goes with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9).

God is usually with us. When we understand this, we’re in a position to achieve something set just before us. I knew that God had me on that mountain for a cause and that nothing at all undesirable would occur mainly because He was there. I was nevertheless afraid, but understanding this, I was in a position to get down that mountain. 

Truth # three:  Trusting God quiets worry. 

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your personal understanding In all your strategies acknowledge Him, and He shall [a]direct your paths. (Proverbs three:five-six)

God has set the path that is just before us. When we trust Him with the path and have an understanding of that He has fantastic issues for us, we have no cause to worry. (Jeremiah 29:11).


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Alexis Newlin, BCW Contributor

Alexis is a 35 year old lover of Jesus, loose leaf tea, roller coasters, writing stories and going on adventures. Initially from Marietta, GA, Alexis now resides in Fresno, CA. You can usually obtain Alexis outdoors enjoying a stroll in her neighborhood, scoping out the newest meals truck, hanging out with close friends or preparing her subsequent trip. Her church, The Revival Center, and household imply the planet to her. They have supported her by way of the loss of her mother and her personal cancer diagnosis. Alexis enjoys encourging other individuals by reminding them not to appear at what they see, but to usually appear to God, who is functioning in the unseen.