Posted: April 8, 2020 in: Faith, Personal Empowerment

On the Other Side of Fear is a Miracle ~ Suzanne Norvell, Ph.D.

There is so much fear in our society today.  Everything from the 24hour news cycle to basic advertising is based on a societal fear response that keeps us coming back for more.  If you believe the media, we are in constant danger of disease, kidnappings, financial demise, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.  It seems we can never do or learn enough to stay safe when, in fact, the opposite is true.  We are safe.  We live in one of the safest countries, at one of the safest times, in modern history.  Of course, in the middle of a pandemic like we have today, it can be hard to remember that.  And fear is normal and can be productive, but it doesn’t have to be constant.  The antidote to fear, especially during a pandemic, is to seek only the truth and work through it to a solution.  The problem with today’s mode of operation is that the fear mongering almost never stops. Fear mongering is a real thing.  The actual definition of fear mongering is the action of deliberately arousing public fear or alarm about a particular issue.  And, of course, fear is indeed a necessary tool for surviving an immediate emergency.  In most cases, however, it simply keeps us trapped in our minds, creating and believing potentially untrue scenarios.  By nature, most of us create worst case scenarios that may or may not even be real. To begin to escape your own fears ask yourself this question:  What is it that you fear most right now?  Is it COVID-19?  Is it losing your job?  Is it not having enough money to provide for your family?  Is it a cancer diagnosis?  Is it a failing grade?  Whatever it is, acknowledge it, don’t hide from it.  Instead, say it out loud and take one step toward solving that problem.

The first step to turning fear into action is actually an easy one.  Do you know what it is?  It is making the active decision to simply believe in your miracle.  To truly, deeply believe in your miracle.  When you are faced with a problem or a new fear, you cannot know what lies on the other side of that problem, but you can have faith that whatever it is, it is a miracle.  Why not believe that a treatment for COVID-19 is imminent, that losing your job will lead you away from the daily grind to the job you were actually meant to do, that not having enough money for your family is God’s way of making you understand what really matters and will lead you to work toward a better career, that your cancer diagnosis and subsequent cure will change you into the person you always knew you could be and that failing that class will ultimately lead you to your true, God-given talents?  Those are the miracles on the other side of fear.  And all we have to do to find them is take that first action step to believe in them.

There are miracles for all of us.  There is no limit to them.  Ask for yours and believe in it and then watch the magic happen.  And remember that while some miracles are truly unexpected gifts bestowed upon us, many come from us simply taking action and setting in motion a series of events that will eventually deliver the outcome we desire.

Believe in your miracle and watch your fear disappear.  Walt Whitman once said, in his famous poem Miracles: “As to me, I know nothing else but miracles.”  Starting today, do not let fear be your guide, but instead learn to know that there is nothing else but miracles on the other side of fear.

Suzanne Norvell, Ph.D.



Walt Whitman – 1819-1892

Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night with any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;
These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.

To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim—the rocks—the motion of the waves—the
ships with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?

3 responses to “On the Other Side of Fear is a Miracle ~ Suzanne Norvell, Ph.D.”

  1. Jon says:

    How appropriate that your article was posted during Holy Week. The best example of fear to miracle is Jesus’ Easter story. Starting from just after the last supper, He faces fear with faith, suffers greatly and His resurrection is the greatest of miracles.

    Fear and faith are shown when, after the last supper, Jesus prayed in Gethsemani. Part of His prayer was that he might be spared from suffering, but He also prayed that above all God’s will be done. Jesus experienced some level of fear, “… He became “… very distressed and troubled” (Mark. 14:34). He experienced fear, but also faced it with the faith that if it had to be, then it was in order to achieve God’s purpose. He said “… yet not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39). That is, his perfect faith carried him through fear and suffering all the way to the miracle of His resurrection.

    So, in a sense Holy Week goes from fear to miracle. Beginning with Holy Thursday’s study of the last supper and Jesus’ prayers and faith overcoming fear; through Good Friday’s reading of the passion and crucification, to Easter’s resurrection, His story culminates with the greatest miracle ever.

  2. kathi fairbend says:

    Very refreshing and Walt Whitman’s poem reminds us to use all our senses all the time.

  3. Janet says:

    Oh Suzanne how wonderful! Thank you