One of the many lessons I have learned on the journey in my life, is that it takes great courage to make it through.
Not just any kind of courage, but transcending courage. The kind of courage that can only come from heaven’s gates right to the door of your heart.
I was 35 years old. I had just had my fourth child, I was tired and there was a lot going on in our lives. But somehow I made it to a special event that was going on at our church. I remember sitting there when a lovely woman took center stage and began to sing. I closed my eyes and listened.
Her voice was like an angel that sang so sweetly. In the stillness I heard the Lord speak to my heart.
“You’re going to need courage for the remainder of the journey.”
I quickly opened my eyes and felt as though an alarm had just sounded.
I had heard the word many times. I’ve probably even used it a time or two. But in that moment I felt lost as to what courage really meant.
Merriam-Webster’s definition of courage is the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous : Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.
I was not ready for that.
To be honest, I have been more of a cautious kind of girl. I didn’t like taking risks, adventure is not something I seek. Somewhere in my mind I saw flashing lights that etched the words scaredy cat… wimp… boring!
That was me fifteen years ago. Fear might as well have been my middle name.
Don’t you just love the way God starts to get us ready for things we are going to face before we even face them. He got my attention that night and he began to grow this frail girl into a powerful woman who learned what it meant to be courageous.
The bible is filled from Genesis to Revelation about courage. God commanded it and then showed his children how to be it.
Deuteronomy 31:6-8 (NLT) ” So be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Joshua 1:9 (NLT) ” This is my command: Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 27:14 (NLT) “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NLT) “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.”
The spoken word of God was breathing courage over me. I was learning to overcome my fears. To stand in the strength and power of the Almighty God. It was there that I realized courage starts and ends with God. He is our courage.
It took courage to look deep inside of my fearful self. It took courage to surrender my fears and trust in Him. It took courage to look into my painful past filled with memories and allow him to come and set me free.
It takes courage to humble yourself. To forgive, to do the things God is calling you to do. It takes courage to love the very ones who have hurt you.
I once heard someone say “Heroism makes you die in battle. Greater courage makes you die to self.”
Take strength in the word of God and allow him to breathe life into those places where your heart is crying for the courage to do the impossible.
Don’t wait to step into all God has for you. “Do it Afraid.”
Father in heaven,
How I long to be strengthened daily by your word. How I yearn to learn what it means to fight the good fight. Would you be our strength today, would you be our hope, our courage, our everything. Help us to stand firm against all the lies of the enemy and may we be a people of great courage as we learn to die to self just as Jesus exampled. In your holy name I ask these things, Amen
His Word Is Alive,