I was helping a middle-aged man with a fear of suspended bridges a number of years ago. His fear was that he literally could not drive his car across them. He had to plan all of his travel in such a manner that he did not cross a bridge that spanned a river or a mountain valley. Imagine how limiting that would make life. After some digging around, he told me that when he was a young boy he and his grandfather were stopped in construction traffic at the peak of one of those bridges. When you are just sitting on the amazing expanse of such a structure, you can actually feel the bridge sway. It literally moves underneath your vehicle. His grandfather began saying, “Do you feel that?” Further, he teased his young heart and mind with, “The bridge is collapsing, THE BRIDGE IS COLLAPSING and we’re going to end up in the river.”
A spirit of fear came over the young man that day and it still gripped him as he sat before me shaking with the memory exposed. To this man, bridges were something to fear. A lie was spoken to him through innocent teasing and his soul and spirit received the lie. The Law of Attribution, defined, says, “That which you attribute to be fearful and stress producing will be.” When approaching a bridge, a warning light and alarm went off within him and told him to avoid it, pull over and back up. There was no truth in the lie, but still fresh and deep within his memory bank. What do you attribute to be fearful, anxiety or depression producing? How has the law of attribution been put into effect within your life? Stay tuned for more on the subject next week.