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. Dt. 31:6
I love a good story of bravery. I get pumped up by those news story of an old lady who runs off an intruder while firing bullets at him. Tales of courage light a fire in me.
I think it’s because as women we long to be part of the fight too. We want to be part of the adventure of living wildly.
“A woman is a warrior too. But she is meant to be a warrior in a uniquely feminine way. Sometime before the sorrows of life did their best to kill it in us, most young women wanted to be a part of something grand, something important.” – Stasi Eldredge Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul
In the scriptures, it is Ruth walking, literally walking, away from her homeland to follow and serve the mother of her dead husband. It is Esther stepping into the throne room, risking her life before the king to possibly save the Jews. It is Mary accepting the challenge of being an unwed mother in an age when she could have been stoned to death.
But what about me? Am I like the Cowardly Lion? Supposed to be brave, yet crippled by my fear? Do I have spiritual courage or am I just a coward? I want to be willing to go where he sends. I want to accept the mission that requires sacrifice. I want to speak up when it means standing alone. I want to live a wild, brave, passionate life for Jesus. But sometimes I’m afraid I just don’t.
You promised to never leave us or forsake us. You have called us to take up your cross and follow you. Give me the courage to give up whatever it takes to follow you.