This wisdom was told the "nothing Catholic hermit" years ago. Think it was John the Baptist who shared it in one of the first encounters, that Dr. H. taped at the suggestion of an angel or someone on the other side, entering this temporal realm to be of such great assistance in a time of learning and opening to the supernatural realities. God Is Love!
Yes, fear is the flip-side of faith.
An example recently reminded this "nothing" of the great truth. [John had also said one can learn much about faith in Luke 17. Check it out.]
A dear one helping install cabinets has much physical strength and intellectual genius. Working hard, there was much straining, intensity, and verbal noises and outcries associated with something very difficult to screw into place. So "nothing Catholic hermit" assumed it had not the strength to screw in the cabinet bolts, especially after two right shoulder surgeries and given age and gender.
Yes, by the groans and sighs and occasional shouts, and a few stripped screw heads, it seemed far beyond the capabilities of this hermit to even attempt bolting in a base cabinet. Obviously, upper cabinets needed two people--one to hold up on the temporary horizontal support board, and another to pre-drill and then drive in the cabinet screws.
So when there still was work to be done on fine-tuning, and some could not return again for quite awhile due to work schedules, the electrician who has been helping with electrical agreed and was hired to help install the remaining cabinets and re-do a couple that had shifted. He is a large and strong man, also.
Then when the evening arrived and there were still a couple more base cabinets to be finished, he said he was sure this old lady hermit could manage to bolt those plus build the base to which to screw into the floor and then secure the peninsula cabinets to that. Yes, sawing and screwing to the floor was one thing, and shimming and leveling the base cabinets another--but there was much fear in attempting to bolt the cabinets to the wall and each other based upon how difficult it was assumed due to the sounds and brute force seemingly necessary.
Fearsome! What if screw heads were stripped? Had already had to remove a cabinet that another had bolted in, the head stripped. Used the reciprocating metal saw blade, and the heat burned the cabinet finish. Fortunately had another cabinet that was gratis as cabinet man mistakenly ordered an extra. God provides!
So into the mind comes the reminder from John the Baptist, the wisdom that fear is the flip side of faith, and to have faith! To simply keep going, to simply keep going, and how simple that is, he also had said some 26 years ago.
With faith overcoming fear, the nothing Catholic hermit did the routine. Pre-drill, then drive in the cabinet screw bolt. First one bolt, then another, then another and another. Went in quite easily. Took out some screws that had been driven awhile ago by others and replaced with the proper screws. (This was no one's fault; just had not been told what type of screws to use to bolt cabinets one to another. Once we found out, it is a matter of removing and replacing the ones we can.)
Anyway, in a rather tedious and relatively unimportant task of the temporal realm, and one that will not matter to anyone else nor will be an issue again in this hermit's life as the kitchen cabinets are installed, the main if not only reason for this life experience is to have a reality experience in the great truth and wisdom that fear is the flip side of faith, and to overcome fear with faith.
Lots of extra tension and force and verbalizations don't necessarily assist us in tasks but rather are distractions and deplete the focus that silence and prayer can provide for a successful outcome. Also, assuming something is too difficult based upon observations of how others may approach a project, and allowing fear to rule the mind and heart and thus the body, is giving into fear. At least try, in faith, and pray, and then praise God regardless the temporal outcomes for all is a spiritual victory when faith overcomes fear.
Now, that is truly simple, is it not? Yes, but learning it and practicing it takes some reminding and some practice, and how else to learn it than in the little details of daily life?
God bless His Real Presence in us! Little children, let us love one another!