Our Greatest Fear - Marianne WilliamsonIt has been said that without the darkness, we cannot recognize the light. But at the same time, how are we to know it is darkness until we first see the light?
I've tried to explain to my mother that when you are depressed, you aren't thinking like a normal, healthy person. You don't see the light, you don't see the happiness in the situation. You can't. It is the same as with Saul when he was on the road to Damascus; for three days he was without sight and did not eat or drink. Until God commanded Ananias to heal him and take off the scales. They need an Ananias, they need to call God to send someone to come and lift the darkness to show them, like Saul, the true beauty of the world. (Acts 9) But the question is, will they ask? Do they even know they can?
Nietzche was right: that which doesn't kill us does make us stronger. It is what we use that strength for is the real question. Some they will not turn to God unless they are absolutely desperate and everything has been taken from them. That's how I was. But not all are like Job and continue to have faith in the hard times. They don't even call out to God asking, "Why me, Lord?" They simply succumb to the darkness because that's all they know.
And what of those who do not have the strength to help themselves up?
That is the problem. We, as Christians, are so weak and cowardice now. I am a coward. I am weak. I shy away from the opportunities. But why? I have the strongest force in the entire universe behind me (Romans 8:31)! Who am I to not offer help to someone who isn't strong enough to stand on their own? Why do I not offer up my strength to them? Why do I not share the knowledge that there is someone out there that could heal their blindness? Why am I so fearful?
Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
Well that is a huge slap in the face, I must say.
But something that I have to remind myself of.
The responsibilities may seem to be trials and the opportunities may be scary,
but aren't the benefits worth it?
And why wouldn't we want to share that with someone?
Especially someone we care about.
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Right, well now I need to go pray a bit.