"Your blog has been mysteriously silent."
Three months. I haven't written a post in three months. Who knew so much could change in three months. (Yes, I meant that as a statement, not as a question.) Don't think that I've forgotten about you...many times I've started writing the ideas in my head while driving or at the gym or waiting to check out at the grocery store. But whenever I've come back home for whatever reason I've just felt like the thoughts had to stay inside. But something about that changed tonight.
Do you ever have a moment where you feel like you've read something a million times, but that million and oneth time that you read, it strikes you and it feels like the first time? I was sitting in church, doing the Sunday morning thing, and there was one short sentence in the middle of the sermon that for whatever reason stopped me dead in my tracks:
There is no fear in love. Whoa. Just stop for a second and think about that.
*Taking a pause from typing.*
Now here comes the sentence right after it.
But perfect love drives out fear.
|Nothing like a little 1950's fear to|
lighten the mood a little. =)
Fear can get in our way. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the un-experienced. Fear of the unanswered. Fear of loss. Fear of loneliness. Fear of exhaustion. Fear of inability. Each of them are like another roadblock making us wonder if it's safe to proceed. Does the reward outweigh the risk?
There is no fear in love.
Loving someone here (and by here I mean in this world) is scary. At least that's what our mind tells us. Can I trust that person? Are they going to keep the secrets I tell them? Am I able to disclose my fears to them and trust that they will give me the support I need and not prey on my vulnerability? Fear and trust go hand in hand. Actually, trust is what you get when you are able to let go of the fear. And letting go of the fear is required if you ever want the trust to grow. And you can't have love if you don't have trust. (See how I'm bringing it all together now? =)
There is no fear in love. Don't let the fear of losing love get in the way of growing love. And as we've heard (at a bajillion and one weddings)...love is patient, kind, protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. And it never fails. So...let go of the fear standing in your way and experience the love that's right in front of you, whatever it might be. Because if love really is all those things (see two sentences ago), then it will not fail, but will continue to move you forward through the fear from who you are and where you were, into who you will be and where you are going.