When you overcome fear, it can bring you freedom. Allow me to illustrate this with a personal experience from the 7th grade. I went to a religious camp and 90 percent of it was about having fun. “The blob” as we called it, was one of the funnest things we experienced. A blob is a giant inflatable pillow that floats on the water, similar to a trampoline. It takes two people to create the magic. The first person sits on the edge of the blob, and the second person climbs up a platform, jumps onto the blob, and launches the first high into the air and into the water.
I remember that summer being fearful, regretful, and ashamed of not enjoying the blob with the other kids. The next summer, my camp counselor encouraged me to do it. So I go up the platform and this tiny kid is looking at me with a scared look on his face, so I land on the blob with an intense cannonball, and he catapults high into the air. It was my turn and I was nervous. I look up, and my counselor, who is a 250-pound man, is ready to jump. The bigger the person jumping, the higher you fly. I yell, “Mike, no!”
Friend, everything I was afraid of happened. A huge adult launched me from the blob, and I flew through the air, belly-flopped, and looked awkward. Can you imagine my emotions after being launched and coming out of the water? My emotions were of joy, relief, being pumped, and 100 percent ready to do it again! I was freed from the fear that stood between me and what I really wanted to experience. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome our fears and experience freedom!