In darkness (through ignorance), we invite fear and failure.
For example, in the darkness you hear a noise outside. The fearful mind imagines that it is danger. As the noise repeats, the mind grows the enormity of the danger and makes the darkness darker. Surely it is an intruder out to harm you, torture you, or even kill you.
With trembling hands, you reach for the flashlight and drop it. Its loud crash has now revealed your existence and whereabouts, assisting this violent intruder to easily carry out his evil deed. The very thing that was to assist you in your moment of fear has betrayed you.
Quickly you pick up the flashlight and silently creep toward the window to get a better look at the vile intruder. Each step is taken as if walking carefully on eggs in slow motion. Suddenly, a cord snatches your toe and trips you, sending a lamp crashing to the floor. Why did that cord stretch itself in your path to trip you at the worst moment?
You lay on the floor terrified and motionless, afraid to even breathe lest you be found by the intruder. With eyes as wide open as possible, staring at the window and not blinking, you listen intently for a moment. That noise is still there. The wicked intruder is still outside trying to get in; fortunately it seems he did not hear you.
With extreme care, you manage yourself back to your feet and cautiously continue toward the window. In one motion, you push the curtain aside and turn on the flashlight to expose the intruder. Aha!
Instead, you notice a strong wind blowing through the big tree and one split branch helplessly brushing against the side of the house.
The light (education and clarity) revealed your intruder and murderer. Knowledge instantly obliterated the fear. You were no longer a victim to the flashlight and realized that turning on the flashlight (using the tools you have) would have helped you avoid the lamp cord (challenge).
Neither the flashlight nor the lamp cord had the imagined power you had given these things. There was never anything to fear but fear itself.
Ignorance fuels fear, which distorts reality, creates victims and invites unwanted circumstances. A great deal is created from nothing. However, nothing you understand is fearful, allowing you to achieve success.
Seek to understand the thing you fear. Let the light of Truth guide and teach you. Use your gifts, the power within you, to achieve the success you desire.