What do you do when your stomach is in knots, the anxiety of your circumstances are overwhelming and fear has stepped in and taken a tight grip upon your mind. You seem to be losing your ground when you were once so steady. Your foundation has been shaken to the very core and you feel as if everything you held dear to your heart is now somehow lost to you forever.
Ari was traveling on steady ground now with hopes that his journey was coming to its end. Soon he would be reuniting with his dear friend, Eliezer, the golden eagle, who would then guide him on the final path toward his homeland and the end of his quest. All was going well.
But just as he entered a large clearing, out of nowhere several large boars rushed out and headed straight for the small lion with their vicious fangs and threatening growls. Ari’s heart raced, his body stiffened, he felt fear crawl all over him and panic began to set in.
Ari tried to hold his mind steady. He forced himself to think and remember what Eliezer had once said, fear not in any circumstance and stand your ground. Ari gulped and dug his claws into the ground as the wild boars advanced closer making a circle to surround the small lion for the kill.
Ari tried to stop shaking. How would he survive this attack? He must concentrate. Be strong and of good courage. Be strong and of good courage. Deep within his body there rolled out of him a growl that burst into a deafening roar, exploding into the air with great force.
Ari roared again and this time there was new courage along with it. He stared each boar straight in the eye and began to advance toward them. Each bellowing roar from deep within Ari’s belly came out louder and louder, and the boars began to flee in terror with only a cloud of dust behind them.
When circumstances suddenly loom large and you find yourself shaken to the core and feeling as if all is lost, remember as Ari did. Remember to be strong and of good courage. Remember your roar that is deep within you. Remember there is strength and might available to you by faith. Gather up your courage and let out your roar.
When you remember your roar, you will not give into fear and you will stand firm in your courage. Then you will have the strength to conquer what ever may suddenly come into your life unexpected. You will experience in the end that all is not lost and your foundation is secure.
“Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, for God is with you where ever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. Eleanor Roosevelt