The story is told of Linda Burnett, 23, a resident of San Diego, who was visiting her in-laws. While there she went to a nearby supermarket to pick up some groceries.
Later, her husband noticed her sitting in her car in the driveway with the windows rolled up and with her eyes closed, with both hands behind the back of her head. Concerned he walked over to the car and noticed that Linda’s eyes were now open and she looked very strange.
He asked her if she was okay, and Linda replied that she had been shot in the back of the head and had been holding her brains in for over an hour. The husband called the paramedics, who broke into the car because the doors were locked and Linda refused to remove her hands from her head.
When they finally got in, they found that Linda had a wad of bread dough on the back of her head. A Pillsbury biscuit canister had exploded from the heat, making a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot. The wad of dough had hit her in the back of her head. When she reached back to find out what it was, she felt the dough and thought it was her brains. She initially passed out, but quickly recovered.
We laugh at that story, but can you imagine how scary that was for her. One minute everything’s great and then, BANG, someone’s shot her and she’s left trying to keep her brains from falling out. Of course, it was all in her head (pun intended). Nothing she thought was happening actually happened.
There are fifty seven verses in the Bible about fear. The Bible mentions two specific types of fear. The first type is beneficial and is to be encouraged. The second type is a detriment and is to be overcome. The first type of fear is fear of the Lord. This is a healthy fear, a reverential and respectful awe of God; a reverence for His power and glory.
The second type of fear is straight from pit of hell. It’s an attacking fear from the enemy of our soul. Even though I’m not a fearful person by nature, sometimes fear just grabs me. It’s as if Satan knows when I’m vulnerable and he strikes.
When this fake fear grabs me, I immediately go to the Psalms. There I find perspective. There I’m reminded that the key to overcoming fear is total and complete trust in God. In Psalm 56:11 the psalmist writes, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
The end of fear is knowing that God’s got your back, and He’s in complete control.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7