The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”
(Psalm 27:1 NIV)
In fear and trepidation I pen a weekly collection of devotionals - the Holy Spirit’s call to “be brave” encourages me. One blog at a time is posted to the world-wide-web, like a lone balloon released into the air, set free to glorify God.
My mother urged me as a child to “be brave” when faced with stressful, difficult situations. I was discouraged to turn and flee from a challenge to meet new people, enter a competition, or jump off the high diving-board. Everything and everyone intimidated me when I was young, but I gradually learned to take risks and leave fears behind.
I was employed one summer at Kings Island amusement park while attending the University of Cincinnati. At the end of my shift in the live-shows department, I hurried across the park to ride the Racer, a double, wooden roller-coaster. The fast, steep, curvy hills that enticed me and my co-workers oftentimes sent guests running in the opposite direction.
My brother, Robin, is a life-long surfer. I rode his surfboard a few times when I was a teenager - that was enough for me. The waves that stir panic in most people are the ones he eagerly paddles out to catch. God calls us to be brave, like Robin, to climb up on the surfboard with Him and enjoy the ride!
Joyce Meyer wrote, “The best way to overcome anything is to expose it.” Shine the light of Truth on your darkest fears. Choose to be brave, do the frightening thing afraid if you have to. Nothing can touch you outside of God’s perfect plan for your life.