Wednesday, April 4, 2012

on courage

The draft of this post has just been sitting for about a month or so now. So many things have been marinating in my heart and mind in this season. This I know—God is always faithful. He is always true, and the promises He has given us are always yes. Sometimes, He just takes a little (okay maybe a lot) longer than we want Him to.

I can’t remember where I first saw this picture; it was on someone else’s blog that I stalk follow. As soon as I saw it, I loved it. What truth it holds in so few words. Courage is not the absence of fear. There are many things of which we can be fearful. When we are children, we hide in fear of the boogey man and want our parents to shield us from the darkness. We scream in horror at masked men and hold on to our favorite teddy bear for comfort. As adults, we fear somewhat more substantial things. What if my dreams never come true? What if I don’t get that job? What if…? Getting lost in the land of “What if?” is not a difficult feat. Francis Chan says that our greatest fear should be of living an insignificant life. Far too often, though, we allow fears of much lesser importance to control us. Courage pushes us forward in spite of the fear that begs us to stay where it is safe. Courage demands us to be the best version of ourselves. Courage asks us to step into the dark without a bright flashlight, lantern, or sometimes even a match.

When we take those steps, we always find that God is right there waiting on us. The dark fears which we allowed to paralyze can melt away in the light of His presence. He wants us to know that He hasn’t left us. In fact, He’s been with us every step of the way, gently leading and hoping that we will take the leap of faith that terrifies us so. He is the One who was, is, and is to come. This means that He is already in the future that we’re so worried about, and He is going before us, preparing the way. So what is it that’s holding you back if you have the God of the universe on your side? Do you have the courage to be who you were created to be?

And you know I had to leave you with a song...

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the encouragement...God is in the future as much as He has been in the past and present. I all too easily get lost in the land of "What if?"



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