Being brave is something foreign to me because to be brave you have to possess courage and be a courageous person, so for me being brave is not normal because I’m not always the most courageous person.
Courage to my one of my roommates is taking a step of faith, and being willing to do the hard things and make the hard choices for your dreams, family, loved ones, and lives. Courage to me is doing the scary things in life; stepping out of your comfort zone and just going for it not matter the consequences. Even though these two definitions of courage are different they have one commonality – doing hard things, and making tough decisions. Sometimes the tough decision is changing majors or getting a job that is absolutely terrifying. Other times the courageous decision is going, or better yet staying put. Either way the choices we make based off the decisions we have in our lives are scary, but why should that stop us!
Lately I’ve been on a journey with God and He’s been showing me a lot of things in my life both good and not so good. But one thing I’ve learned in this learning season is that even though I want to make the tough decisions, and even though I want to do the hard thing fears and anxieties get the best of me. For me, just thinking about the tough decisions of life exhaust me. They are draining and I always just want to sleep afterwards, but God’s been showing me lately how much He longs to be my strength.
Over the weekend I went home, and my home Pastor spoke on Isaiah 40:27-31 (The Message):
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
And I was so moved and felt like God was speaking so directly to me! But the thing I got out of this whole passage, is that God gives STRENGTH. God renews our strength. He allows us to run and not grow tired, and gives us the ability to walk without fall behind. He LASTS!!! I love that in the message it says “He give strength to the dropouts”! God gives strength to the dropouts. He give strength to the average Joe/Joanne.
It’s nice and oh so very refreshing to hear that God gives strength to the dropouts because so many times in life I am the dropout. I am the one with no strength. The one who doesn’t have the energy to learn about school or life or about God because it is all oh so draining. But that verse says God gives us strength to learn and to do and to go. He gives us the strength to make the tough choices! That is what God has been teaching me for so long, especially now; that He gives me strength to get up and go. To get up and do. To get up and stay where I am learning the things I am being taught.
God gives us strength to make the tough decisions. He gives us the energy to go through with the tough choices. God gives us the stamina to learn and to live. God brings about a courage that isn’t just choosing the hard things in life, but living out the hard decisions we’ve made. One of the hard decisions I’ve made in my life is to go. To go wherever God wants me to go. Even if that means I am going to the ends of the Earth, I made the decision to go. And I’ve weighed the decision I’ve made, and I’ve weighed the consequences, and even though they are hard even though it is going to be tough, I chose to go. And for now God is calling me to go to class, to Chi Alpha, to Japan, and to my family. And even though those things sound easy, they are so hard to go to because with God going means going for Him and going on His behalf. But God is strength, and God is peace. He brings about the strength to go to these places, and He gives the peace needed when it becomes overwhelming. God provides in ways we cannot see, and moves in ways we cannot understand. But God promises to renew our strength and gives courage for the day and God never says He will provide if He doesn’t intend to.
God is joy. God is peace. God is love. God is the strength for tomorrow. God is the strength for today. God is lasting. God gives us the courage to be brave.