i remember when i was little, my favorite story was The Monster at the End of This Book— starring furry, lovable grover from sesame street. this book was a true walk through a REAL fear– when i was 5. and i admit, i didn’t want to turn the page and get to the end, but i had to. i. just. had. to.
with each new page and the closer i got to the end– the more my heart raced. and there was grover begging me not to do it– begging me to just stop in my tracks. close the book. and move on to safer things. but, that didn’t seem like an option– even at 5– i knew i had to face my fear to get past it.
grover tried reasoning with me– “don’t you see??”, he’d say– with as much patience and calm as he could muster in this frightening situation, “when you turn the page– you get closer to the end of this book– AND, THERE’S A MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK!!!!” (his little arms flying and his voice rocketing to new, frantic heights).
he tried barring the way with bricks and ropes. he even tried begging.
nothing could stop me– i kept moving forward– i HAD to face this fear.
finally, there was only one page left– grover was not happy– he was down-right scared— and so was i.
but, there was a bigger part of me that just. couldn’t. wait. to see how the story would end…
you gotta get the book to find out for yourselves– this is a must read for homeskillets of any age!!
but, by thinking about this innocent book and how it helped me bravely– and with humor– face down fear, i started thinking about THE WORD and how God wants me to respond when i’m afraid.
what if i faced my grown-up fears with as much excitement as i did when i was 5– looking forward to what the Lord has to teach me.
what if i tackled my problems as quickly i turned those pages– by seeking Him through His word and prayer. and, what if i never let fear become a brick wall or ropes that could tie me down– because NOW i walk by faith in what Christ has done in me.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
i’m grateful a lovable, furry monster and God have taught me walking away from scary situations only leaves you afraid.
and, I DO NOT HAVE A SPIRIT OF FEAR— i walk with a confident assurance in things i cannot see, and i BELIEVE that’s down-right SUPER— grover.