At times even when the obvious is clearly set before us, because our minds are so clouded we miss it. Okay, I won't say clouded, but at times we put more thought into a situation than needed or required. I am guilty of this at times myself.
Do we second guess ourselves out of fear? Does fear play a large role in the minds of those with a large amount of self- doubt?
In my readings tonight of "Courageous Faith" by Ed Hindson, I learned a great deal about Gideon and his journey with God in the old testament. God chose Gideon, the most unlikely hero, to deliver the Israelites and defeat the Midianites and Amalekites. Gideon was the biggest coward God could have chosen; he feared and questioned everything. Gideon came up with every excuse known but God would not let him off the hook. He was so consumed in his self-doubt and lack of faith that he failed to see what was right before him. Gideon was obedient but failed to do the ultimate which was to let go of his fears and surrender completely. He was afraid to step out on faith and completely trust God because he was so consumed in his own fears.
Sometimes today we are all Gideons in life, in one way or another. We fail to see the obvious. This can also be related with second guessing ourselves or doubting our self-awareness in a situation or circumstance. Through self-doubt, we lose our sense of self-worth. If we learn to let go and surrender by having faith in not only God but ourselves; the gain would be limitless and blessings abundantly vast.
Self growth takes time, effort, and patience; but the key is Faith.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
- Winston Churchill