A woman who had a paralyzing fear every night that something was under her bed decided she needed counseling. A psychologist told her he could help her overcome the phobia, but that it would take at least a year of weekly counseling sessions at $100 for each.
When the woman didn’t come back to begin the sessions, the psychologist decided to give her a call to find out why.
“I no longer have the phobia,” she told him. “When I came home and told my husband the cost of the sessions, he came up with a way to save all that money. He sawed the legs off the bed.”
I was reading the other day about some of the most common phobias. Acrophobia, the fear of heights, ranks high. So do arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, and ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes. Glossophobia, the fear of speaking is public, is a biggie. So is claustrophobia, the fear of enclosed spaces.
Fear can stand in the way of us doing things God wants us to do. In the Old Testament book of Numbers, Moses 12 spies into the Promised Land to check things out. What they saw was an amazing place.
However, 10 of those spies brought back a bad report because they were fearful. They told about seeing giants in the land, men so large that they felt like grasshoppers in comparison to them.
Two of the spies brought back a good report. A man named Caleb, who proved himself brave and true throughout his lifetime, encouraged Moses and all the people, saying “let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
Unfortunately, fear won out that way, causing the children of God to continue wandering in the wilderness for many more years.
God wants us to live by faith, not fear. He wants us to have confidence that He is in control.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
We should keep that scripture in mind each time we face circumstances that cause us to fear. Doing so could perhaps prevent our spouses having to saw the legs off the bed.
Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.