Summer 2011 Overcoming Fear
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11).
I lost the election.
Our LWML group was only one year old, and it was time to re-elect our rookie officers. Those of us who had been selected as our group's first leaders were willing to tackle another year as a team, but a decision was made to have a "true election" for the position I had been holding — secretary/treasurer. Someone else ran with me, and she won.
With my brave face on, I sat through the closing moments of the meeting and came to understand why people who lose elections may feel no choice but to give up, back down, fade into the woodwork, or just simply leave. But I really didn't want my "LWML dream" to be over after only just one year ...
Disappointment aside, during the next couple days I had to deal with a pit in my stomach whenever I thought about what it would feel like to be in church on Sunday — reading about the election results in the church bulletin, coming face-to-face with the women who had voted for someone else.
Ascending the stairwell into the church narthex that Sunday was an early exercise for me in overcoming fear, having faith that "this too shall pass." Hard stuff for that twenty-something gal, yet the best lesson I could ever learn.
At our next LWML meeting, I volunteered to be devotions chairman for the coming year. It was a creative task that I found myself enjoying; I figured that I'd be happy doing that job for a second year, too, but that was not to be the case when the next elections rolled around.
No one was more surprised than I when the group elected me president the following year. My inner doubts echoed, "It's not my turn yet; I'm not experienced enough." But with my brave face on once again, I sat through the closing moments of that meeting ... knowing His plans are not mine.
Nancy Graf Peters
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Fear Not (I Love You This Much) (download using the link, or listen below)
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