I’ve had a tough week of unexpected and stressful events. I’ve lived in a little world of doubt, fear and self-pity for the last week, only relying on my own resources to guide me through. I’ve realised that this is not how I was born to live. Living courageously is not about doing everything on your own or trying to solve every problem.
The Bible calls us to “wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14). Jesus displayed courage when he knew that he had to go to the cross and die in order for us to have freedom from sin and death. “And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”” (Luke 9:22). God said to Joshua “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”” (Joshua 1:9). God calls us to be the same- mighty warriors in the battles we face in life!
For me personally, living a life of courage is trusting that God is holding my life in his hands with great plans in store. Also, when there are bad days, weeks, months and years, remembering that God has ALWAYS got me and he will never let me fall. I trust that I am safe and secure. I trust that I will never have to face anything alone. I trust that my life has value and beauty in every step. I trust that when I look back on the hard times, I will realise how much God has shaped me.
I have also realised the importance of honesty in order to live courageously. Knowing that it’s okay to feel sad, disheartened and stressed- these are all normal emotions. I have had the courage to open up to my friends and family about my feelings this week, which has released a new freedom and sense of peace. This has meant that people have been joining me in prayer and I have felt beyond supported. So a BIG thank you to all you people (u know who u are)!
No matter how much I try and plan out my life, God is always one step ahead. Even if I become confused how everything will work out, I’ll always rely on my Heavenly Father and this wonderful verse: “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)