Community Church Blog

1st March 2016

Child of fear, or child of God?

We love hearing stories of what God is and has been doing in people's lives.  After a brilliant Sunday morning in which God spoke powerfully about over coming fear, one of our members sent in this excellent story of God helping him to overcome fear.

"In the 1980s when I was working in the building trade, I had a call from a friend who was distressed that some ridge tiles had blown off her roof in a gale the previous night. This only compounded her problems at the time as she had 5 children to care for a her husband, Martin, had terminal cancer.

I said that I would help but had to face my fear of heights in the process. I am the sort of person who cannot watch another person walk near the edge of a cliff let alone do that myself.

I realised that safety was important when doing the job so I bought some large hooks to screw into the eaves to anchor the ladders well. Having fixed a normal ladder in place I hauled up a roof ladder and hooked it over the ridge of the roof. This I tied securely to the other ladder and with this safely in place I prayed real prayers!

Fear does not appear in your head; it seems deeper than that. In my experience fear grips your heart. Therefore my reasoning was that if God lives in my heart then there can be no room for fear so I prayed and sang praise songs as I climbed onto the roof. Anyone watching and listening must have thought me mad but as I sang I felt no fear. I sat astride the ridge of the roof and cemented the ridge tiles back on. I even shuffled to the end of the roof and peered over the edge. God got a lot of praise and worship that day because if my heart was full of worship there was no room for fear to get in.

You would think that I would never fear again after that but I still feel fear if I stand near on open height, it is still a battle.

The next challenge came a number of years ago when the men of the church decided to go on a high wire day in a forest. I signed up with trepidation. The training was 10 feet from the ground, not too bad. The next section was 20 feet high. I sang! In divine languages and hymns and songs of praise to God. The next section was 40 feet up!! More real worship but more victory as well. At one point an instructor climbed past me on the ropes and I just said sorry about the singing it’s my fear replacement. The last part was a zip wire from 40 feet up to the ground. Me launching into the open airwith no support below and hanging from a wire, seemed impossible! But not for God - I loved it!

Last year I visited the Shard. In the viewing gallery the glass of the walls goes right down to the floor - scary stuff. With a little praying I found that I could stand at the edge and look down and enjoy the thrill of the view. I looked down at the City of London and saw the Monument. It looked so small. I remembered that as a small child my Mum, Dad and sister went to visit the Monument. As we climbed the stairs I got scared and went down with Mum. My sister went to the top with Dad. I can see that this could have been the point where I allowed fear to dictate my steps, even though I was only three. As I looked down from the shard I gave an involuntary YES!! As I realised that I now have victory over that fear."

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Maureen Hopkins
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