There are some things that frighten me, but fear of heights is probably at the top of the list. These photos were taken on top of Snowden – the tallest mountain in Wales. We rode a train up, but still had a ways to walk and up a lot of stairs to reach the absolute summit. As close as I was to the top, I was afraid to make those last 10 – 20 stone stairs, but our travel guide and my travel companions came back for me and I went to the top of the top with them. I was as tense as a mouse trap, but once I came back down from the last flight of stairs, I was awfully glad I had done it and swallowed my fear.
In my heart I knew that God doesn’t want us to be prisoners of our fears. I could have just as easily “set it out,” but I was too stubborn to let my fears overcome my faith in God’s ability to help me.
Another place where I had to fight through the fear was the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge which seemed like at least 100 feet above the cliffs and surging ocean below. I wrote about that experience in a previous post.
The William Wallace Monument was another challenge with over 250 spiral stairs straight up and then the same coming back down. The rooftop tour of Penrhyn Castle also required a long climb up spiral stairs to the rooftop and then a view from the top of the castle.
How did I find the courage to do these terrifying things? I didn’t want to miss out on any part of our journey or fail to enjoy what the whole group experienced.
My fear of heights didn’t vanish, but I didn’t let that fear paralyze me into not doing what I wanted to do. I kept quoting a bible verse to myself at the highest points, Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”