Scaredy cat. What no little girl wants to be labeled. Not only because of the reality that I hated cats, but also because I wanted people to see me as brave. Bold. Courageous. Fearless.
First it was dogs, then it became most animals at the zoo. Don’t forget the Chick-fil-A cow, clowns and the surprising fear of gloves with hands in them. As a young girl, many seemingly silly things scared me very much. I was not timid or shy around people, but I had this desperate need to feel safe and comfortable in each situation. As I got older, the little fears were conquered, but bigger fear came into play like rejection, failure and vulnerability.
As I have grown and the Lord has captured my heart and attention, I have realized His calling on our life is rarely ever safe or comfortable. Safe and comfortable, those are two words you seldom see proclaimed by Jesus in the gospels. In fact, our world is filled with the scary and uneasy. Frightening change is upon us all the time. Even while we might be scared as all get out, we are called to go and make disciples, living out the gospel of love and redemption with all we have for the glory of God.
Even while we might be scared as all get out, we are called to go and make disciples, living out the gospel of love and redemption with all we have for the glory of God.
Maybe you got that new exciting job that causes you to move away from family and friends and all that you’ve known, or that incredible result comes from a pregnancy test and your family is growing. What if you are faced with that diagnosis you have dreaded hearing the doctor say? What are you supposed to do when shocking change is upon you that is drastically different than all you had “planned” for your life? What do you do with all that fear?
What if it is a whole lot more about bravery than safety?
Bravery is moving scared. It requires us to step out into the different, the new, the confusion. Being brave is making the choice to face the fear. I believe that the key is to never stop. Nothing may change about your circumstances, but we make a decision. To move. To trust. To be brave.
Bravery is moving scared…Nothing may change about your circumstances, but we make a decision. To move. To trust. To be brave.Click to tweet
Bravery is remembering who you are moving with. We can be brave because of who God is. He goes with us always. It is a promise from His word. “…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
We are called to courage, and to allow that courage to be a sign to the world that we serve an authority higher than any worldly power.
I remember these words that I was taught as a young girl by my pastor.
Go and as you Go
by Dr. Mike Massar
Go! And as you go, may the Lord Jesus Christ go ahead of you, as planner and preparer of your way.
Go! And as you go, may the Lord Jesus Christ go behind you as finisher and completer of all that is left undone.
Go! And as you go, may the Lord Jesus Christ be above you, watching over you and yours.
Go! And as you go, may the Lord Jesus Christ be under you to pick you up when you shall fall, for you and I most certainly will.
But nevertheless go! And as you go, may the Lord Jesus Christ be in you, incarnating His love now and forever more!
I want to be the girl who goes into the scary, faces the chaos, and chooses brave every time. Because every time God chooses to go with me…before, behind, above, under, and in. God is with you always, even if you feel like the scaredy cat.