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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)

TITLE: Forget Everything and Run (FEAR)
By Judy Sauer


Ever find yourself in a rough, sticky situation where all you want to do is forget everything and run? It is FEAR driving you to act – by why run? God is everywhere. “God said: “I will never leave you. I will never forget you”(Deuteronomy 31:6 NCV). No matter wherever we go, God is there. Give yourself a gift sometime and pause to see what is causing your physical desires to run and hide.

I have dealt with anxiety and depression for more decades than I care to say. I have had my fair and unfair shares of dark, scary, fearful times. And even as the veil of darkness continues to lower down over me, I realize that depression is actually a gift from God with no return receipt.

Depression is the engine driving me through life, to church, to my doctors, to family, friends, and work. But by far, the greatest amount of distance of where fear has driven me around is toward God and into Jesus’ arms.

If I didn’t have depression, there is no telling what my life would look like today. Would my faith relationship with Jesus have grown so much without it? I doubt it.

Depression is a deep, dark, ugly, and lonely abyss – yet in those places is where I hear God the loudest. “Take courage lady. Have not fear in your heart!” (Book of Judith 11:1 NAB) With depression, getting anything done feels like a burden, yet in the quiet stillness of depression, I find myself being more contemplative and reflective. My journal writing increases. God is there on those pages, in that pen, and sometimes in the hand holding the pen that writes across the paper.

There’s something I discovered in my recent writings about fear; it is the word echo. Echoes reverberate and resound just like fear and anxiety stirs up our peacefulness. In those awful feelings of dread and desperation, fear echoes in our heads and hearts. Echo is an acronym that symbolizes the ways that fear manifests within us.

E Expectations - of ourselves, others, God

C Catastrophes - being a victim, natural disasters, random violence

H Hidden Agendas - real or imagined; it’s all about perception

O Outcomes - based on past experiences, being overly cautious, suspicious

By being patient and lowering our stance (from the RUN position) we are able to drop our fears at the foot of the cross where we learn new ways to cope with the ECHO manifestations within. “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which he will accomplish for you” (Exodus 14:13 NKJV).

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Josiah Kane08/31/07
Well done for your use of acronyms; I know from experience how hard they can be to write. And your point of the value of fear is very important. Although fear and depression are useful motivators, I thought that other emotions, such as love and joy, might be mentioned as a balance, if you could find a way to include them that would not take you off topic.
Rhonda Clark08/31/07
This spoke to me. Anxiety is a part of my life, so I understand. I like this devotional.


Ginny Winters08/31/07
The abyss, that's also what I call depression! I like the E.C.H.O. explanation, it really sheds light on the situation.
Jacquelyn Horne08/31/07
Good advice here.
Brenda Welc09/03/07
This was a great little diddy. I enjoyed it very much. Very good insights!