My children have a fear of carousels. They like them a lot from far away, but up close they are a little intimidated. Josiah has a tendency to ask to ride it when he sees it, but refuse once we get close enough for him to remember what it is like.
We were at the mall today and he asked to ride. A friend of mine was nice enough to give us a coupon and both of my boys got on. They were fine and smiling for the first 3 or 4 turns. After that Josiah started to crying and soon after Matthew joined in. I tried to calm them as they held on for dear life, and they bravely made it through the rest of the ride. When we got off I asked Josiah if he had fun and he actually said yes! I’m sure he’ll try again soon and it won’t be long before he has conquered that carousel once and for all.
What encourages me about the carousel situation is that he keeps trying to overcome the fear. He doesn’t accept it. When we identify fear in our lives we shouldn’t accept it either. We should face it head on just like Josiah and the carousel. Attack that fear with the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind that God has given us! It will be gone in no time.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
P.S. Thanks for the coupon Cindy!