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“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
My devotion last week referred to this quote saying often our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasures. So if we are brave enough to comfort our uncertainties, the dragons in our lives, we can discover what is most precious within us.
So often when we face our fears, they evaporate or become helpless as Rilke says. That core deep inside us, though something we all want to discover, to know, and to understand, is also a place a tender vulnerability. After all, it is our essence, our soul stamped with God’s fingerprint.
We don’t normally face our fears willingly, do we? God is the One who woos us into the desert valley. I know that the true growth doesn’t occur on the mountaintops, but in the valley, but it sure is frightening to try something new, to take that risk or face that dragon.
Will I fail? Will others laugh at me? Will I lose what I hold dear? Will it hurt? What will it cost me?
Courage doesn’t mean we are not afraid. Being brave means doing what you need to do even though it scares you.
Even though our dragons lurk in dark and hidden places, maybe they are just “princesses…helpless that want our love.”
All this pondering about my fears in terms of helpless, lonely dragons reminded me of the G K Chesterton quote:
“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
After all as Hans Christian Andersen wrote: “Every person’s life is a fairytale written by God’s fingers.”
And with God as my author, I know He will help me face my dragons.
What do you think?