My daughter is a germaphobe freak. Actually, two of my three kids are germ freaks. My second born (and middle child) is the only one who has a cavalier attitude toward microbes. He was fed enough spiders from his loving older sister at a tender young age before resisting her was possible. Initially he would furrow his brows and smack at the object while wearing a mixed look of curiously disgusted.
Occasionally Most times I caught feeding time and performed the perfected parental finger swipe retrieving the object. I’m convinced it was this constant diet of nasty that lowered his freaking-out threshold.
My germ loving son NEVER gets sick. That child has a nazi immune system. And it seems he has been rewarded for enduring all of the meals provided by older sis because nothing in nature, of nature, around nature, or containing nature touches him. He is the nature whisperer!
Older sis? Not so much. She attracts nature just by breathing. Payback? Maybe, but we often attract that which we fear or place our focus on. Whatever we place before our eyes and elevate in our lives, we empower. It’s like the child who fears becoming like a parent and declares “I will never be like my parent!” They focus so much on the behavior of the parent that often times they become the very behavior they despised.
Think about it…Have you noticed that there could be a group of people gathered outside but it is always the people who fear bees or are allergic to them that get stung? The people who fear dogs attract them like Cesar Millan (minus the “ssssttttt” of course). The people who are afraid of water usually are the first to fall off the boat. And the people who fear heights too frequently find themselves in nosebleed situations.
Could it be that the bee people proclaim “I know I’m going to get stung!” The dog people utter “Dogs are always after me.” The aqua people respond “I’m going to end up in the water…I just know it.” And the height people confess “I’m afraid of heights and I know this lift is going to stop!” All of these people share two things – fear and belief. Fear of a situation and the belief that IT WILL HAPPEN.
Fear is a powerful emotion. It is the opposite of faith (some say fear is faith in the wrong kingdom) so it should come as no surprise that fear works. Hebrews 11:1 tells us in the new living translation that “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Now doesn’t the fearful statment of “I just know….[insert feared expectation]” sound very similiar to the faith principal?
I came across this quote a few years ago and I found it enlightening:
“Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable and, most of all, fear puts hopelessness at the heart of life, while faith rejoices in its God.”
So what of my daughter who breaths and nature responds? What could be the worst for a clean-freak germaphobe to experience while taking a leisurely walk through heavily populated Central Park? Take a look:
Heavily populated Central Park and the bird chose her for this special gift. I was right beside her…shoulder to shoulder…a few cm and I would’ve been blessed with the gift. I felt the wind from the falling “load” brush past me but it was not until I heard her wails of disgust that I fully understood what had occurred.
We laughed as we washed off her boots and she said “I’ll never look at these boots the same again….I can still see where the spots are!”
As we celebrate Easter this weekend I am faithfully thankful for a Savior who has not only [permanently-residue free] washed away my sin and spots, but also is blinded to my sin and never looks at me the same again [I am new]!!
I am a new creation in Christ. Old things have passed away and all things have become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)