MountainWings       A MountainWings Moment
#1012          Wings Over The Mountains of Life

Fear of The Thing

I originally thought that I would need to "borrow" a lot of 
material from different sources.  I didn't realize that life 
would present a new opportunity each day to climb a mountain.  

I will still pull from the best and others will help author and 
edit MountainWings but life does present new challenges each 

In a previous issue I told you how my two young sons had strep 
This is the day after I wrote that issue.  

Today my wife called and said the doctor told her that she and I 
needed to come get tested for strep throat.  The doctor said 
that it was possible, even likely that we both had it.  They had 
to make sure that we didn't give it back to the kids once they 
were cured.

Strep throat is not a big thing.  It's common and in most cases 
easily cured.  The test is just two simple cotton swab (Q-Tips) 
swipes taken from the back of your throat.  Granted it is a very 
long cotton swab.  

My throat had been feeling fine until my wife told me that I had 
to take the test and that I might have strep throat.  The 
thought that I could have latent strep throat germs raging in 
the back of my mouth made me uneasy.  Did I feel a slight 
itchiness now?

It's amazing how the mind works.  

Believe it, fear it, and the body begins to manifest it.  

I actually thought my throat did feel different now that I had 
to go take the test.  My logical mind knew my throat was fine 
but the mere thought. . .  was it scratchy?

I can imagine how it must feel to wait on test results for 
something really serious.  If it were cancer or a suspected 
exposure to AIDS that I was being tested for my slight 
apprehension would be magnified a hundred fold.  

Apprehension leads to tension.  Tension leads to distress.  
Distress leads to stress and stress leads to disease.

Both my wife's and my tests were negative but today I got a 
glimpse into the fearful world of apprehension.

Job (a character in the Bible) said, "What I feared has come 
upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me."  

Germs don't really cause disease.  
An immune system that is weaker than the germ causes disease.  
Fear weakens the immune system.  The very thought helps to 
manifest the thing, whether it be good or bad.

Situations in life don't break us or make us miserable.  
When we come across a situation that our spirit is not strong 
enough to properly handle, then that situation makes us 
miserable because our spiritual immune system is weak.

After the nurse administered the strep throat test she said, 
"you know, you're the calmest person that I have ever given this 
test to.  People squirm, gag and sometimes scream."  

That amazed me.  It was just a cotton swab.  A very long cotton 
swab I will admit, yes, it was stuck very far back into your 
throat, but just a cotton swab nonetheless.

Most of the things that gag us, make us squirm, and sometimes 
even makes scream out in frustration, if looked at from the 
mountain, are really just long cotton swabs.  

They won't hurt you.  

They may scratch at you in sensitive areas but the vast majority 
won't hurt you.  Often they make you stronger and more confident 
when you successfully get past them.

Don't be afraid of the tests of life.

You are healthier than you think.

Or maybe, just maybe, you are AS healthy as you think.

A MountainWings Original

Laugh for the Day:
There was a little old lady who was nearly blind, and she had 
three sons who wanted to prove which one was the best to her. 

Son #1 bought her a 15-room mansion, thinking this would surely 
be the best that any of them could offer her. 

Son #2 bought her a beautiful Mercedes with a chauffeur 
included, thinking this would surely win her approval. 

Son #3 had to do something even better, so he bought her a 
parrot that he had been training for 15 years to memorize the 
entire Bible.  You could ask the parrot any verse in the Bible, 
and he could quote it word for word.  What a gift that would be. 

Well, the old lady went to the first son and said, "Son, the 
house is just gorgeous, but it's really much too big for me.  
I only live in one room, and it's too large to clean and take 
care of.  I really don't need the house, but thank you anyway." 

Then she confronted her second son with, "Son, the car is 
beautiful.  It has everything you could ever want on it, but I 
don't drive and really don't like the chauffeur, so please 
return the car." 

Next, she went to Son #3 and said, 
"Son, I just want to thank you for your most thoughtful gift.  
That chicken was delicious."

Thank you for inviting MountainWings in your mailbox.  
See you tomorrow.