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Blinded By Fear – When Your Circumstances Cloud Your Vision Of God

There I sat, anxiously awaiting the doctor. Something the nurse asked left me fishing for answers in what-ifs racing at top speeds through my head.

As quickly as she disappeared through the slightly jarred door, my mind drifted back to first-grade. I could hear the flutters of my speeding heart while every emotion within screamed – RUN! As the door opened and I took my first step inside, my heart hinged on my classmates’ responses. Gasps followed by soft whispers filled the room. I can’t say I blame them. After all, other than Halloween, how often do you see a fiery redhead sporting a pirate’s patch on one eye?

Moments later, the doctor walked in jolting me from the vivid memory. “Have you had a recent eye injury,” he asked, peering over the manila folder.

“Not unless you consider an occasional poke with a mascara wand,” I chuckled, restlessly shifting in my chair.

I knew my vision had worsened throughout the years but, beyond being a lazy eye, I never gave it much thought.

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Now, sitting in the doctor’s office decades later, the flutters came rushing back as my heart hinged on the doctor’s response. Butterflies with dragon-sized wings pelted my stomach as he discussed the degenerative eye disease, leading to blindness. Stressing the need for surgery, he explained a new procedure rather than a complete cornea replacement. But, still in the youthful stages of review, it didn’t come without a laundry list of casualties.

Weeks past and as surgery drew near, my initial “sign me up” attitude dwindled like the last flickering of a candle’s wick. Increasingly, I became more nervous about the relatively new procedure still under FDA review. Questions played ping-pong ball with my emotions, and I was not winning the game.

Fear was flattening my faith.

With two friends praying over me the day before surgery, God deposited a sweet word deep into my soul that no casualty could steal: “Esther, you’ve been so concerned with the FDA’s lack of approval you’ve forgotten who I AM. You have the FDA’s approval – your Father’s Divine Approval. Walk by faith in Me not by sight in your circumstances.”        

In my fleshly attempt to work things out, I had begun to live by sight not faith; placing my trust in humans with limits rather than my limitless God. The fear of losing my eyesight was blinding me from seeing Him, clouding my vision of His faithfulness. When the doctor walked out that day, the enemy walked in. Depositing fear into the unknown crevices, he created division. When the dense fog of fear rolled in, the visibility of His deliverance rolled out.

Faith had to become my sight.

Faith had to direct my actions, steer my thoughts, and stampede all over my fear. I had to change my view from how bad my perceived circumstances were to how GREAT my God is. Like David in Psalm 43:5, I had to instruct my heart, not allow it to guide me.

What about you? Has disappointment and uncertainty fogged your vision of God? Are you facing circumstances that are blinding you from His faithfulness? Do you have a misplaced trust in someone or something rather than God?

God is calling you into deeper waters with Him; waters where fear of unknown circumstances seems overwhelming. It’s in the storm you realize you can walk on water above the waves of circumstance, but you have to walk out of the boat. When fear of your situation roll in unsuspectingly like waves tossing your boat of normalcy, flatten your fear with F.A.I.T.H.

F – Focus On His Faithfulness

Even when your faith is drowning in a sea of circumstance, He remains faithful. Keep God’s faithfulness as the center of your attention. Psalm 36:5 says, “Your steadfast love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” Although there is no end to the heavens and His love for you is limitless, His faithfulness is seen as that of the sky. So meditate on His faithfulness in your past or from the multitude of stories found in His love letter to you – Scripture.

  • Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 36:5
  • The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
  • If we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:13
  • You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3

What you focus on you magnify, so choose to magnify His faithfulness.


A – Ask For His Strength

When you feel drained by what you see, draw strength from His mighty power. His power is complete, and He will not fail to rescue those who call on Him. There is no one like Him to help the powerless against the mighty giants of fear (2 Chronicles 14:11). All power and might are in His hands; hands that freely give to you. Lean on His strength to lift your shield of faith; extinguishing the flaming arrows of the enemy intended to bring destruction (Ephesians 6:16). His power, strength, and might are made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). So give God your weakness, and He will give you His strength.

  • He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
  • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10
  • God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

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I – Invite His Will

Denying yourself, picking up your cross and following His will is seldom easy. Understanding, not only does God KNOW the plans He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11) but that NOTHING can come against those plans (Proverbs 21:30) is freeing. When your compass is lacking, ask Him for direction. He promises to give you all the wisdom you need and make your path straight. Seek to fulfill His will, His righteousness, His kingdom, and every other puzzle piece will fall into place.

  • Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23
  • If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
  • Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

T – Thank And Praise Him

Gratitude and praise is the doorway for seeing the miraculous. Thanking Him doesn’t mean your problems don’t exist, only that you believe more in your God than the swirling circumstances ripping through your life. Thanksgiving opens the door for His presence and weeds out complaining thoughts. Praise is the key to unleashing His presence in your life and over your situation. Thanksgiving and praise release God’s peace, giving you a heavenly perspective for your earthy issues. Ultimately, this sacrifice – offering of self-denial and surrender – is God’s will for your life and makes it easier to “I” invite His will into the situation.

  • Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • Whoever sacrifices a thank offering glorifies Me and makes a way; I will show him the salvation of God. Psalm 50:23
  • Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
  • Through Him, then, let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15

H – Hold Tight Hope

Don’t lose heart. I’ve been there too. His eyes are on you. He sees your struggle, tenderly holds onto your hand, and faithfully leads you through the valley. Blessed are YOU who trust in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. YOU will be like a tree planted by the waters, that spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes (Jeremiah 17:7). Stand with me, friend, as we fix our eyes not what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Hold tight to hope; it is the firm and secure anchor for your soul.

  • Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Psalm 3:2-6
  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

It’s been three weeks since surgery and, wouldn’t you know, nothing I was concerned with actually came about. The enemy will use any crack to seep lies of defeat and misguided trust in an attempt to flatten, cloud, and blind your vision of God. But faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17), so repeat these steps as often as you need – out loud! God’s Word is the most powerful weapon against fear and defeat, and it does not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

The Lord is on your side so do not fear (Psalm 118:6). As Elisha prayed, I pray that your eyes are open to see there are FAR more for you than against you (2 Kings 6:16)!

Blessings,

Esther

 

 

 

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info@estherdorotik.com - November 1, 2017 - 1:19 pm

Amen, Crystal! The enemy knows how to fear but, we fight from victory so he stands defeated! Thank you, Lord!!

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Crystal - October 26, 2017 - 1:28 pm

Fear is such a tool the enemy uses for our distraction and our destruction. Your story is one I can very much identify with, and the process of taking our thoughts captive is not one to take lightly. But God blesses through the faithful act each and every time.

Liebster Award Nomination – Pay It Forward

Thank you so much, Crystal Twaddell, for nominating me for Liebster Award! If you haven’t visited Crystal, it’s a must! She has a heart of encouragement and words of great wisdom.

Just in case you don’t know what the Liebster Award is, it is a virtual award passed from blogger to blogger to show support while promoting other bloggers we enjoy. Truly it’s an honor to receive and a blessing to pass on. Thank you again, Crystal!

HERE ARE THE RULES

  1. You must acknowledge who has nominated you and also share their links.
  2. Share 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer all 11 questions asked.
  4. Nominate 11 more bloggers whose blog you would recommend.
  5. Ask 11 questions that you would like those bloggers to answer.
  6. Include an image of the Liebster Award either in your post or in the sidebar of your blog.
  7. Let the bloggers you have nominated know that they’ve been nominated.

MY 11 FACTS

  1. I’m terrible at spelling. So grateful He laid the brilliant idea of spell check on someone’s heart.
  2. I am a photographer by trade, writer by trial.
  3. DIY home improvements are an obsession. I’ve laid hardwood floors, gutted and fully refinished a bathroom, created nooks in walls, added glass to kitchen cabinets and much more.
  4. I have a great love for all things teal/aqua/mint.
  5. Cooking is a nasty chore, but I like baking. Can’t figure that one out!
  6. Christ invaded my heart with a hangover. There are no limits to His sea of amazing grace and love.
  7. I have a lazy, nearly blind left eye.
  8. When I need to relax, I take a nice warm bath with a book or a soothing stroll through Hobby Lobby. It’s magical!
  9. I became a single mama at sixteen. Though hard, I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
  10. I’m hooked on journals, books, pens, and planners. The texture, color, and design draw me in.
  11. I struggle to live in the moment. But God’s working to change that fact.

MY ANSWERS

  1. What is your favorite distraction?
    • Pinterest, by far! One might call it an addiction!
  2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    • Wherever the Lord leads. He’s taken me on journeys I fought against and cried through, but with each step, I’ve learned so much more about His heart.
  3. What do you most love about blogging?
    • The ability to spread God’s love and encouragement. To know someone might “stumble” upon a post and God speak to the depth of their heart is a humbling thought.
  4. What is the best blogging tip you would like to share?
    • Jump in! If God is leading you to blog, He will give you the words to fill the posts. So, run and dive in feet first before your head has a notion of telling your feet to stop. The Christian blogging community is waiting to cheer you on!
  5. If you could go back in time, what period would you live in and why?
    • Same period but I would do things so differently. Live life without limits. Breathe courage where fear invaded. Speak up when the enemy told me my voice didn’t matter.
  6. What was one of the scariest moments of your life?
    • My brother’s death. The finality of a loved one’s death without Christ is a scare like no other.
  7. What is your favorite morning drink?
    • Coffee, with a side of coffee! Is there any other??? 🙂
  8. If you could choose your last meal on this earth, what would it be?
    • Spicy shrimp pasta, spicy hummus with pita bread, large (make that extra-large) piece of pecan pie and a side of Blue Bell Cookies & Cream.
  9. How would you describe your biggest fear?
    • Overwhelming. Speaking in public is my greatest fear. Guess it goes back to the enemy’s lie of not having a voice.
  10. What is the most exciting thing you have ever done?
    • Become a mama. The excitement of watching the world through their eyes is a thrilling way to spend life.
  11. How many states have you visited?
    • Eleven, but I’d love to visit them all.

MY NOMINATIONS

  1. Donna @ Soul Survival
  2. Michele @ Living Our Days
  3. Sarah @ Sarah Geringer
  4. Maree @ Embracing The Unexpected
  5. Julie @ Unmasking The Mess
  6. Becky @ My Ink Dance
  7. Natalie @ Milk & Honey Faith 
  8. Lisa @ Lisa Notes
  9. Valerie @ Cord Of 6
  10. Bev @ Walking Well With God
  11. Deb @ Counting My Blessings

MY QUESTIONS

  1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  2. What has been your greatest struggle with blogging?
  3. Aside from the Bible, what is your favorite book?
  4. How would you describe your perfect day?
  5. What three words describe you best?
  6. Besides God, who has influenced you most?
  7. What is your favorite holiday? What makes it unique?
  8. What is your hidden talent?
  9. Name your three favorite foods.
  10. What would you like to be remembered most for?
  11. Growing up, what was your favorite cartoon or TV show?

 

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Navigating Divine Detours – When You’re Tempted To Run Ahead Of God’s Timing

“We’ve got to go!” I barked across the house while snatching my keys off the hook. Already running late, I decided to take a back route.

For me, being late is ranked right up there with a root canal. Tension bubbles. Blood boils. Frustration flows. And logical thinking, well, it flies right out the window!

With tunnel vision set on my destination and in a frenzy to be on time, we set out on a less congested, fewer lights, GET ME THERE ON TIME path. The only problem – I completely missed the “Road Closed” sign. My brilliant time-saving plan soon came to the screeching halt of a dead end.

In my 20 years of walking with the Lord, I have found myself at many crossroads. Frazzled by time and frustrated by delays, I have ventured ahead or lagged behind and complained when it didn’t work out. In one breath, I profess “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths” (Psalm 25:4) while the next breath questions His ways and searches for the answers in my endless demands.

What about you? Have you found yourself facing a dead end wondering how you missed the signs? Or, perhaps you’ve poured your efforts into something for God to say “You’re not ready.” Maybe, like me, you’ve been frustrated by an obviously shorter route, tempting you to sprint ahead of God’s plan.

Thankfully, we serve a merciful God full of second, third, and fourth chances. The Ancient of Days who sees the end from the beginning, including every curvy diverted route, dry, barren desert, and dead-end.

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Follow His Diverted Paths

Some of life’s hardest, most rewarding lessons are not learned in a short cliff note version. While we might think – and pray – God would lead us on the quickest route, His higher plan may include a diverted path.

As God prepared the Israelites to leave Egypt, He led them the long way for their protection. That’s right; there was a shorter way that God did not choose. God knew if they faced war, they would change their mind and return to slavery. His path of protection for your life might just be the long, less desirable route. Follow Him. He has prepared a path for you. A way to prepare you and use you.

  • “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”” Exodus 13:17

Wait On The Lord In The Desert

The Israelites prepared and readied themselves for the very thing God knew they weren’t ready for – battle. Sometimes we think we’re ready for “battle” only to have God lead us into the desert, knowing we’re not. Don’t get me wrong, waiting is one of this life’s hardest trials, but fight the temptation to run ahead. When we run ahead, we end up worshiping other things; building altars to the gods of our plans (Exodus 32:1). But there is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord (Proverbs 21:30).

People who faithfully waited fill the pages of Scripture. Abraham waited 25 years for the promised child. Joseph waited 22 years, suffering many trials before his dreams came true. The Old Testament fathers waited for the coming Messiah. And Jesus waited 30 years to enter His life’s mission.

So “trust the Lord; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” (Psalm 37:3) Occupy the desert land under your feet and remain in His safe pasture as you wait patiently for Him.

  •  “So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.” Exodus 13:18
  • “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7

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Trust His Sovereignty In Dead Ends

Sitting at the end of the road that day, unable to see past the barricades, I had a choice. I could continue to drive facing the consequences, or I could turn around and trust the signs. While the Israelites prepared to leave Egypt “armed for battle,” He was preparing them for a grand deliverance at the dead end of the Red Sea. Often, God has something great in mind, but when we face the dead-end, we grab hold of the reigns and run ahead.

Imagine what they would have missed had they said, “We’re armed for battle and know a shorter way.” Because our Great God is mighty in power with no limit to His understanding (Psalm 147:5), we can lean on Him. Fall on His understanding. If God has led you toward the Red Sea, trust God to part it.

  •  “So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.” Exodus 13:18
  • I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2)

That day, I learned a valuable lesson. Sometimes, my need to “be on time” is actually a rush to “do it in my time.” I end up missing signs and heading down a road that’s either not intended for me or not quite ready for me to travel. Sometimes the shortest route isn’t always the best or even the fastest.

 

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