. . . the fears and anxieties that distract their minds . . . are among the formidable obstacles that stand in the path of every would-be warrior in the service of Bahá’u’lláh, obstacles which he must battle against and surmount in his crusade for the redemption of his own countrymen. (Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 149)
Recently I made a list of fears that held me back and I was astonished to come up with a list of 125! Some were obvious (fear of losing my health or my income, fear of authority figures, fear of angry people, fear of success); some were eye-opening (fear of God’s disapproval and punishment, fear of asking for help, fear of letting other people down) and others I had been completely unaware of (fear of making friends, fear of taking up space in the world, fear of moving out of my comfort zone). The list went on and on!
What fears boil down to, though, is just two things. We’re afraid of losing what we have or afraid of not getting what we want. These fears, especially if we are unaware or oblivious to them, are always on the hamster wheel inside our brains, and as the quote reminds us, they distract us and stand in the way of being able to accomplish what we want to do. They are “formidable” and yet we must all battle against them and surmount them if we want to be of service to our fellow-man. We can’t do this without God’s help and mercy and we can’t ask for it if we aren’t aware. So go ahead. Make your own list! This will give you some ideas.
Remembering to ask God to help me surmount my many fears, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Fear into Faith: Overcoming Anxiety