Last weekend, I was with a group of people on a weekend trip. On Sunday, I woke in the wee hours of the morning, as I do most mornings. It was a beautiful spring morning, and we were out in the middle of one of the most natural places on earth. I quietly climbed out of bed, slipped into my clothes, and put on my hiking shoes, trying not to wake anyone. As I walked out the front door of the lodge, I took in a deep breath of fresh air, crossed the paved parking lot, and started hiking down one of nature’s rustic paths.
I ventured down this same path before. It was well wooded and marked with orange markers. It led to one of my favorite cliffs to meditate. Here is a link to my previous experience in these same woods: https://lauriecalzada.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/finding-your-way-one-step-at-a-time/
However, the flags were faded, and many were missing. The path had grown over, and much wildlife surrounded me. As I went further, the markers basically became non-existent.
That day, I never made it to my cliff. I never was officially “lost,” but let’s just say I wandered. I went up and down. I jumped creek beds and climbed over many fallen trees. At one point, I had gone down into a ravine, stepped into a huge mud hole, and jumped out to the other side. I looked around, noticing that nothing looked familiar, and there was not one orange flag in site. For a brief moment, a feeling of fear set in.
Fortunately, I have a good sense of direction, so I took a deep breath, and I started talking to my angels. A sudden peace came over me, and all of a sudden, I felt something over my back right shoulder. I knew immediately it was Archangel Arial, the angel of nature. Without hesitation, I made a turn to my right and started walking. There was no path… There were no orange markers. There were only trees, ravines, and the sound of nature around me.
As I started walking, I had a flashback to the days on my Grandfather’s farm. I was leaving the farm house and had headed north across the gravel lot to a fence that headed out to where we would play in the pasture, hike along the creek, skip rocks over the water, and get into a lot of mischief. In the vision, I had climbed up on the wooden rails of the fence, and I had paused looking out over the northern pasture.
As I snapped back to the current moment in time, I was still walking through the leaves and limbs of the forest before me, and I heard an audible voice say, “Fear is like a fence.”
I knew instantly why I was given that vision. I am embarking on a huge turning point in my life this next month, which is very exciting. God was telling me that in order for me to get to the next phase of life, I must get to the other side of the fence. I am not traditionally a fearful person, but there are moments I ask myself, “Am I on the right path?” Just as I was trying to find my path through that forest last weekend, I am finding my way through the brush of life right now. Don’t get me wrong. My life is great! I have more people telling me I am the happiest I have been in a very long time. However, there are many changes occurring, so I am just trying to balance everything that is happening, both personally and professionally.
I have climbed over the Fence of Fear this past year. Fear is the opposite of faith, my dear friends! What would you do if you weren’t afraid? What great things could you accomplish? Do you hide behind a façade of how you want people to view you? Do you fear what others think of you? Do you have a fear of what will happen if you tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Do you fear rising to your destiny that God has designed for you? Are you fearful of what others might say?
Ask yourself, “Is fear standing in my way?” If so, remember there are many ways to get past the Fence of Fear. You can open the gate and walk through it. You can jump over it. You can climb under it, or you can crawl through the slabs. It matters not how you do it; it only matters that you do it.
By the time I heard the voice, had the vision, and had contemplated the message, I snapped back to reality. Do you know where I was? I was standing at the entrance were I had entered the path. There was no doubt I was not meant to reach my meditation cliff on my walk that day.
As told in the previous blog of July 2013 (link above), God had helped me find the cliff by guiding me with orange flags, and warning me with the yellow flags. I was expecting the same experience, but God had a different plan. This time, he did not give me orange flags, because it was not where I was supposed to go. I could have tried to do it all on my own, but instead I asked him and the angels for help… and help they did! With an angel named Arial by my side, I found my way down the path and had learned a great lesson… God revealed that I have officially conquered The Fence of Fear in my life.
EXERCISE FOR THE FENCE OF FEAR
What is your greatest fear? Think about it. Be honest with yourself. Go find a fence. Stand in front of that fence or gate, and envision what your life would be like on the other side of that fence if you could overcome your fear(s). Truly envision it. Take as long as you need. Then pass through that fence… climb it, go under it, go through it. Who cares… just get to the other side! After you get to the other side, look back and take a picture. Then take that picture and print it. Write across it… “I have crossed the fence of fear!” Every time you find fear setting in again, take that picture and look at it. You will overcome your fears!
Live with passion,
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