What’s Your Phobia

Posted on: 7-15-112017

A few weeks ago, I heard a program talking about common phobias in the family. Immediately, my mind sprang to some common phobias such as fear of snakes, fear of spiders, fear of drowning, and so on. However, this program was focused on a different sort of phobias…phobias that are probably existent in our homes this very day. One example was trash-can-a-phobia – fear of actually putting trash inside of the trash can. Instead, the person just puts it on the counter near the trash can because going the few more inches to the trash can just terrifies them. Another example was shoes-in-the-closet-a-phobia – fear of putting shoes in the closet. Because the closet is so scary, the person with this phobia just leaves there shoes wherever they take them off. Another exapmple was toilet-paper-on-the-roll-a-phobia – fear of putting the toilet paper on the roller. Because the roller leaves the person with this phobia petrified, they choose to leave the toilet paper on the back of the toilet, on the floor, or anywhere that is not the roller. I’m just wondering if any of you have people living in your home with any or all of these phobias or any other phobia similar to these. Or perhaps, you are the one with a phobia like this! As the program continued, the point came up that many of us may have a phobia called answered-prayer-a-phobia – the fear of God actually answering our prayers. We can avoid praying because we are scared God will not answer us in the way that we want Him to, and we are absolutely certain that if He answers us in a different way, it will be the worst thing that could possibly ever happen to us. Or, we could be terrified that He may answer us in the way that we want Him to, and then it may not turn out like we thought it would. We may be afraid that God will answer us and the answer will require way more of us than we are willing to give. We may be petrified that His answer is going to take us out of our comfort zone into the world of the unknown and  stretch us farther than we wanted to stretch. We may be afraid His answer will require us to change, to forgive, to love the unlovable, to serve where we don’t want to serve…the list can go on and on. Answered-prayer-a-phobia…you may never see it written in a book or hear anyone diagnosed with it, but I’d be willing to bet that we all suffer from it at some time or another!

“Pray without ceasing…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17


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