To enjoy peace, you must be willing to force yourself to face the fears that are the obstacles to your present moment peace.
I coach hockey. Our season ended last weekend and among the dads, baseball talk started. One of the dad’s said he also coached baseball (so do I). He told me this story.
One of the boys on his team was so afraid of getting hit that he wouldn’t stand in the batter’s box, causing him to miss the ball by three feet each swing.
So he told the pitcher (his son) to intentionally pitch to hit the boy. “Really?” he asked warily. “Really,” replied his dad the coach.
His son leaned back and threw it, but not too hard.
Then the coach asked the boy,“Did it hurt?” “Nah, it didn’t hurt,” he replied bravely.
“Hit him again,” he signaled to his son. Once again, he pitched and hit him with the ball.
“Did it hurt?” the coach asked. “Nah, it didn’t hurt,” came the boy’s reply, smiling with a new sense of confidence. The kid never backed away from the ball again.
We need to face our fears and that means facing what we don’t want to face – our fears. Sometimes it does hurt. Then we learn how to get over it by grieving our losses. Those losses are primarily dreams and fantasies about could have been or should have been. The pain is emotional and it is real and it will end if we believe in something bigger than ourselves.
It in our weakness that we become strong, as the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:10. “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Letting ourselves be vulnerable feels weak, yet this is when spiritual power becomes revealed. In so doing, we become stronger than we can ever have imagined in the face of trials and tribulations.