Well, I recently had a similar scenario. I just chose to respond a little differently. One evening after an event, I saw that familiar face in the main lobby. We weren’t close associates and may have only bumped into each other every now and then. I believe the encounter was more uncomfortable for me than it was for the other person. After all, this person was well known, respected, and influential in this particular venue. I hesitated to speak, I guess because of my lack of belief in myself. I had made myself to believe that I didn’t matter and that I was probably about to hold this person up from some more important conversation with more important people.
I had it all premeditated within milliseconds, as we began to approach one another. As we crossed paths we caught eyes. I quickly turned and chose to act as if this person was just another face in the crowd and invisible. It happened so quickly. Wow! Afterward I felt so awful! That wasn’t me. Thinking back, I shouldn’t have allowed my feelings take over that way and cause me to act out of character.
Avoiding people because of personal issues, fears, insecurities can and will always work against us. You know, Jesus wasn’t one to avoid uncomfortable encounters. He never chose to make excuses for who He was or what He was assigned to do. No matter who he came in contact with, it never shook Him from being sincere and true to Himself or His call. He met all challenges head on and embraced every experience and confronted all opportunities as it were His last. Whether blind Bartimaeus, the woman with the issue of blood, the tax collector, the Sadducees, Pharisees or even His appointment with the Cross; Jesus chose to be ‘The Victor’ not ‘A Victim’. A Victim reacts with fear and pride. The Victor responds from a place of confidence and understanding.
You may be saying to yourself, “That’s Jesus! If I could heal people or turn water into wine, then ‘mine’ enemies would be scattered, too.” Well, this is not about our abilities, it’s about TRUST. Trust that God can and will forgive, heal and deliver us out of life’s challenging situations. When we understand this, we are also able to release people and ourselves so that we are no longer held captive.
I read a quote the other day that said: “If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.” You are that Victor! Fear is just an unanswered challenge. Answer the challenge! Choose to walk in freedom and know that your Heavenly Father is faithful and “He’s gotcha back!”