Sometimes our fears become the fertile ground for fostering whatever it is we most fear.
It happened to the Egyptians:
A new king, who had not known Joseph, came to power in Egypt. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and powerful than we are. Let us deal shrewdly with them; otherwise they will multiply further, and if war breaks out, they may join our enemies, fight against us, and leave the country.” So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh. But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. (Exodus 1:8-12)
The Egyptians did what they could to control the situation. They feared the Israelites would multiply and fight against them, so they subdued them with power. Yet the Israelites continued to multiply and thrive. God would eventually deliver the Israelites out of Egypt and out from under the oppression. Egypt lost its workforce.
When we focus on what we fear and try to take control and manipulate the situation, we can actually let our fears become the fertile ground. Our focus becomes fertility. What we water grows.
That’s not to say that it’s easy to set aside and forget about our fears. It’s not. But instead of dealing with them with an illusion of control, we can face them with discernment and faith. We can take them to God and let Him decide what needs to be watered and what needs to be weeded, what is for now and what is for later.
What are you fearing today, and how are you approaching it? What is your focus?