That's me with my wife and my niece on board a big beautiful plane about to cross the Atlantic Ocean to go minister with WMA associate missionaries in Austria who work with refugees. As you can see, my wife is peacefully closing her eyes enjoying a moment of rest, my niece is just hanging out with her awesome uncle and aunt and well, there I am, trying to hide my fear and anxiety with a lame, no teeth, smile. Yep, I really don't like to fly. I've flown a lot over the last ten years or so. Being a missionary kind of requires it. I couldn't even really tell you exactly how many times I've flown over the Atlantic. It's quite a few. Even with all that experience, all those uneventful, smooth flights under my belt, I still get nervous. Remember Bob from the classic movie "What About Bob?" As he walks outside of his apartment onto the streets of NYC he says out loud to himself, "I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful..." That's pretty much what I look like when I'm about to get on a plane. I get my music pumping and say to myself, "I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful." I put my head down and focus on my little video game and just hope the flight seems quicker than it really is. It rarely does.
Everyone has dreams. Everyone has destinations in their mind they want to get to. Sometimes along the way, we encounter difficulties. We think to ourselves, "Wow, if this is really what I'm supposed to do it wouldn't be this hard," or maybe "Is my dream really worth it?" YES! Your dream is worth it!
Maybe your issue isn't with flying, it could be any number of things. I don't know. You know. I'm willing to bet though, somewhere, somehow, sometime, along your journey, you will face something that will terrify you. You won't want to keep going forward. You have the dream in your heart, but it just seems too scary. Don't give up! If God has given you something to do, you must do it! People are depending on it. Don't let fear stop you from getting to your destination. You can do it! If I can fly across the Atlantic you can too!
For God didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-control.
- 2 Timothy 1:7