Paralyzed By Snow


Yesterday, my commute to work.
Here in Atlanta, our city completely shuts down when snow/ice hits the streets. In fact, this time around schools and organizations started closing the previous night before any snowfall! The metro Atlanta area ended up getting 5+ inches of snow, and the city was frozen in panic for a couple days.

In our own lives, aren’t we the same way sometimes? Like southerners gliding on a sheet of ice, oftentimes we aren’t able to keep our balance when it comes to¬†transparency, fears and insecurities.

When I’m confronted on an issue of mine that may need changing, I get defensive and shut down. When an unforeseen financial cost comes up, I have worries of not being able to provide for my family. When the unexpected happens, I shut down. I make agreements with the enemy, giving him a place to work in my life. Lately, a fear of mine has revolved around providing for my family. While in my heart I believe that we will be provided for, fear often creeps in and diverts my focus to one of insecurity and uncertainty. Fear can make the largest man shrink into the most insignificant being. Fear blankets hope. Instead of living in the truth of God’s character (He is faithful, He is the Provider, He is sovereign), sometimes I chose to believe in the lie that I have to do it on my own.

God reminded me this morning that, no matter the situation, He is going to come through. I don’t have to do it alone. God has proven Himself to be faithful, even when our world says otherwise.¬†He came through when David faced Goliath. He came through when Abraham was promised a son. And the truth is… He’ll come through with me.

Has fear ever gripped you in a way like this?

12 Comments

  • Ken G

    January 12, 2011

    This hits home, I think every man has the fear of not being able to provide for his family, at least I know I do, and God always provides even when I can see no way possible

    Awesome blog

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    • Dustin

      January 12, 2011

      Ken, isn’t that the truth? I appreciate your thoughts!

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  • Ally Garner

    January 12, 2011

    So often i think we (women) forget just how difficult it is to be the sole provider/breadwinner for a family, especially one with little children & another on the way. I can only imagine the moments of worry & fear (especially in a rough, fluid economy) you experience. While our Heavenly Father asks us to always trust & believe Him for provision, guidance & encouragement, He also understands we’re only human.

    Thanks for the reminder that we all experience moments of fear & worry, but thankfully we have a Father that ALWAYS has a solution, the best path, & loves us enough to provide for our every need.

    Hope your girls enjoyed the snowcation!

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    • Dustin

      January 12, 2011

      Here in ATL, we referred to it as Snomageddon. Ha!
      (And thanks for your thoughts & reminders!)

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  • Tony Alicea

    January 12, 2011

    “Fear blankets hope”

    I like the way you put that. Great thoughts today.

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  • Jim F

    January 12, 2011

    This used to be a continuous wrestle with me but over time I have grown and know that He will come through for me.

    Excellent Thoughts – Thanks Dustin.

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    • Dustin

      January 12, 2011

      You’re so right, its an awesome thing to remember that He comes through!

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  • Terry Valencia

    January 12, 2011

    I remember fear gripping me when I found out I had breast cancer. I look back at that day 2 years ago and am thankful for the beautiful and incredible journey it has been…coupled with very hard and very difficult. I wouldn’t necessarily want to go through it again, but I wouldn’t trade for anything what God has taught me through the hard times. Yet, even in my darkest moments when fear completely gripped me…I can look at the character of God and remember HIS goodness, HIS greatness, HIS faithfulness, HIS sovereignty and know that He will give me the peace and comfort that I need, for that very moment, to get me through my fears. Love the blog my son!!! God is good!

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    • Dustin

      January 12, 2011

      Ain’t nothing wrong with a little mom-love. :) Perfect example of God’s faithfulness. Love you!

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  • Vicki Miller

    January 13, 2011

    Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the way God uses you to encourage others through your transparency. Congrats on the new blog!

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    • Dustin

      January 13, 2011

      Thanks, Vicki. I appreciate that!

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