This new thought of courage has been bouncing around in my brain. What is it? What does it mean to be courageous? According to a simple Google search, to have courage is to have “strength in the face of pain or grief.” To be courageous is to be “not deterred by danger or pain; brave.”
Confession time: Previously when I would think of the word “courage,” I thought of large animals like lions or warriors dressed for battle. Both of these images show outward strength and potentially the absence of fear. Well, my view has been shattered and I’m realizing there are so many more courageous people in this world than to whom I previously gave credit.
Courageous warriors are all around us. They’re the invisible army, marching into battle with their sword and shield. They’re vulnerable, admitting fear but not letting it stop them in their tracks. They’re sharing their story, speaking out in truth and love. They’re the ones looking fear in the face and saying, “Not today.”
They’re the survivors, the fighters, the warriors.
They’re you and me.
And dear Courageous Warriors, you are so loved.
I’m one of those people who prefer things to be my way. I guess you could call me a bit of a control freak. (And I think it’s safe to say quite a few of you reading this probably feel the same way.) I often find myself questioning God’s plan for my life, wondering what in the world He could have up His sleeve for this journey.
As of lately it seems like He’s asking me this question more and more: “Do you trust Me?” My initial response is usually, “Well yes God, of course I trust you.”
But then I dig deeper…
Do I really trust Him?
Do I really trust that He’ll lead me to places that are best for me, even when I don’t see it?
One of my favorite quotes for the past few years has been, “You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the entire trip that way.” (Shout out to E. L. Doctorow for your wise words!) He speaks so much truth in that statement.
Isn’t that how life works? You can’t see far into your future, but you’ll make it.
If you’re like me though, this can be pretty dang tough. I want to know now what God has planned for me. It’s so difficult to give up the small sense of control I think I have of my life.
Friends and fellow control freaks like me, I want to encourage you to keep pursing God and His will for your life. Have an open heart, open mind, and open ears. Take pit stops to fill up with gas, but stay on the journey laid out ahead of you. As difficult as it sometimes may be, trust our Navigator.
“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lost heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:1