“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…” Deuteronomy 31:6
Our grandson, Chris, lived in Alabama and had been in foster care since age three. When he was ten, his long time child protection worker informed him that she had found a family to adopt him. There were factors that aroused fear. Chris, as a African-American, was not sure he could trust a white family. All he knew was the South. They lived in Minnesota. After having some time to process the information, Chris decided to accept the offer to join their family. Chris was courageous. My son, and daughter-in-law, and their birth children were courageous.
There are seasons in life when God reinforces lessons. Lately through multiple sources and experiences, I have been reminded of the Lord’s frequent command in Scripture “to be courageous.” I am thankful that courage isn’t the absence of fear. There is a plethora of circumstances in our day and age to arouse legitimate fear. There are wounds in my personal baggage to arouse irrational fear.
Thank you, Lord, for the courage of my son and his family. They inspire and encourage me. Father, make me courageous. Don’t let my fear rob me of your peace. Don’t let my fear keep me from following Jesus or from doing what He tells me to do.