If you have been hanging around CB over the past year or two or three, then you are probably aware of the fact that December has historically been a rather... exciting month for me. When I mentioned to my oncologist back in November that I was feeling some apprehension as I approached December, he told me he'd be concerned if I wasn't.
Depending on how you look at it, I have either had the most disastrous Decembers or the most blessed ones. On the one hand, I've had breast cancer, a threat of recurrence, a ruptured brain aneurysm and a stroke over a three year period. On the other hand, I've had breast cancer, the threat of recurrence was a false alarm, I've had a ruptured brain aneurysm, a stroke and... I am still here, still teaching full time, still blogging... a bit :wink: and I've been told I am still in my right mind. At least some people tell me that. LOL!
Earlier today, I sent my friend Joyce Bethy Ferguson (@Bethy) a message lamenting my lack of "bravery". I hope she doesn't mind my sharing a portion of her response for it really helped me put some things into perspective.
Bethy wrote: Bravery is not something we are required to have... All we are required to do is lean on Him, allow Him to direct our paths, and he will take us through. Now be of good courage for he who overcame the world will take you through this month and bring you safely into January.
I might want to be brave but God is not requiring me to do so. That is my criteria, not His. God is not asking me to be superman... I mean... superwoman and He is not requiring that of you either. He is simply requiring us to put our hand in His and follow Him. He is simply requiring us to love Him with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength. That's it.
We don't have to be brave... we just have to cling to Him.
ahhh K.How very true this is and something i quite often forget. I constantly have to remind myself that i dont have to always wear my game face with God. I dont always have to be brave and its ok to ...ermmm... not be brave. For me, i guess i feel like if im not brave, im vulnerable and thats not really a feeling i enjoy! but i dont know anyone who likes that feeling lol.
Thanks for the reminder! and how wise is my mum!!
Last night we had four inches of snow and hubby and I were outside in the back garden. He was walking in the fresh snow and I was walking in his footprints because it was easier for me to walk that way... Ploughing your own furrow and struggling to be brave is like walking in snow that is up to your knees... better to walk in someone elses footprints (ie.. jesus'), it makes the struggle so much easier to bear.
remember that He who raised Christ from the dead is with you. He who raised Christ from the dead will carry you, and if he is with you and if he carries you, then he WILL take you through.
One more thing.. God will not take you where the grace of God will not keep you!!
Thank you for sharing bethy's wise words.
Bethy, thank you for sharing your wise words.
It's only been in the last, oh, six or seven years that I realized that I had built such a brave face to show the world that I had fooled myself. I am but a cowardly lion. I don't remember what made me realize I was fooling myself. I do remember being amazed that I had fooled myself so thoroughly.
Bravery is not required. Thank you.
Leaning, trusting obedience is.