Faith: Facing Fear, Moving On
To move on is not to run away. We cannot move from what we have not fully experienced. To face fear is to know fear on a visceral, physical, mental, emotional level. The way individuals experience fear involves their history, culture, personal habits, level of maturity, and level of consciousness. Critical to attaining intimacy with fear and then moving on is one’s ability to stand amid both discomfort and the safety net of family, community, and self. Woven by grace, such a safety zone embodies spiritual gifts, particularly love and prophetic witness. Although prophets are usually not welcomed at home, we need those voices of wisdom and warning to face fear and to move on. Facing reality and discomfort takes courage, but such is not impossible and not always painful. In moments of awakening from the malaise of dreadful fear, one has a better sense of who she or he is, and is able to find purpose in life. To move on after facing the fear is to live. Ultimately, health and wholeness require being in the storm on the ship until the troubled waters and the rough rains are quiet. Healthy movement and change are major components for attaining and living liberative salvation.
The Undivided Soul