by bobby williams
Have you ever been paralyzed by a fear?
I remember as a young child playing in the woods one day with my friends. All of a sudden, my younger brother started crying, pointing and stuttering the word, “sna- sna- snaaaaaaaaake!”
I turned around, looked down, and at my feet was a rather large poisonous copperhead snake. I froze.
For about 20 seconds I didn’t know what to do. Should I run? Jump? Scream? Cry? I was paralyzed by my fear of snakes. Especially ugly ones at my feet.
After about 20 seconds of paralyzing fear (it felt like an eternity) I sprang from my spot in the dirt and ran out of the woods. It would be awhile before I went back to the area in the woods to play.
Fears can either paralyze us or they can propel us into action.
Sunday, a man named Michael was baptized. Michael has Cerebral Palsy. In the water, just before he was baptized, he said this, “Paul instructed us to praise God through our struggles [insert fears too]. My cerebral palsy is the struggle through which I praise God. It’s my cross.”
Afterwards, another person came to me and said that he had put off being baptized for too long because of his own fears. But no more. He will be baptized this coming Sunday at the Ridge, along with several others.
Starting the first two weeks of the year off with baptisms may end up being my favorite part of this entire year. I’m already stoked for Sunday!
Don’t let your fears paralyze you into freezing up. Instead, let them propel you into an action.