So, here's my challenge (to me too):
Where do you dread going? Possibly, that is the exact place God wants you to go.
Or, who do you dread seeing? That person is the exact person you might need to see.
I deal with this. And it depends what it is -- sometimes I just go ahead and go. Other times I've avoided a situation. Usually I go though. Last summer I had a situation that is the perfect illustration (and if I used this last year -- well, maybe you need to read it again). I was invited to attend a Bridal shower. I walk in and the place is packed with ladies I do not know but who seem to know each other. I saw a few familiar faces but there was no room to sit by them. Anxiety overwhelmed me and I ran out (first dropping my gift off). One of those familiar faces saw me rush out (or had seen me before and noticed I was gone). She came running after me and asked me where I was going. I told her I was going home, that I felt awkward, that I knew no one, that I just wanted to go home (listen to those excuses).
She convinced me, mainly cause I love her, to return to the bridal shower.
The morning turned out fine and I got home in one piece. And I believe God wanted me there for some reason.
Oh! I just remembered! The evening before my daughter and I put on a baby shower for a lovely young woman in our church. And it was loads of fun but even that I dreaded. But I knew it needed to be done. And it turned out to be so much fun!
Currently, there's something coming up in my life I want to avoid but can't. It again deals with unfamiliar surroundings, crowds of people and a change in my routine for several days. I've been telling myself it will be really good even though I'm already looking forward to being home again.
God can't use us if we don't go where He is leading us. And I've found I'm often not the only one feeling awkward. Maybe God sends me places when I feel awkward to find that other person (or people) who feel the same and help them feel better. Gotta remember it isn't about me at all. It's about God and loving people.
So, who or what are you avoiding? Take the challenge. Quit avoiding. You might be amazed as to what God will do.