Last year, about this time, I was headed back into a classroom after a Spring Break. That particular season was not one I remember with fondness. I was in the midst of grieving the unexpected loss of a dear friend.
However, from that experience I have gained some perspective that I want to share with you this quiet spring morning. As our world continues to turn on its axis and our new “normal” days fold into “abnormal” weeks, I was reminded of a truth God taught me.
I bought a sweatshirt during that time with two simple words embroidered across the front.
This simple phrase has carried me through some rough days. Partly because I can put on that cozy cotton and reflect on where I have been that day and where I am headed tomorrow.
Mostly, because every time I see it, I am reminded of a promise that God gives freely.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. (Psalms 31:24)
Courage is defined as “strength in the face of pain or grief; determination, fortitude, resolve, valor, and moxie”. How many of us have had to face some of this over the past few weeks?
My hand is raised high with you. This time in history is requiring us to tackle bravery at a new level.
We are forced to wait patiently for answers and seek accuracy.
Fighting fiercely for health and protection of those we love is a priority.
We find ourselves praying specifically for cures and vaccines.
We honestly love others as much out of our own need as that of the receiver.
Courage takes perseverance, even when we can’t see the end in sight. CS Lewis said that “Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
We are at a testing point. We are in a sea of uncertainty and it is hard to find the shore.
In a sense it feels like God is silent. In our way of thinking, we feel like we are entitled to immediate answers and quick responses. This waiting, this watching, this continuing to live under a “different way” has forced all of us to understand just what true waiting on the Lord entails.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction; out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:1-2)
Our inability to see what God is doing behind the scenes, however, does not mean He isn’t at work. This momentary pause, this apparent silence, is like waiting for an awe inspiring geyser to erupt from the earth.
It is the pause before the magnificence of His glory revealed. It is the swell of the beautiful crescendo at a concert, just before the final notes and the audience applauds with a standing ovation.
This place of courage is the pause of winter right before the explosion of spring that will forever change what we see.
“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord”. (Psalm 40:3)
Difficult situations take bravery to not turn around and walk away. It takes belief that what is about to be revealed in front of us is greater than what each day puts behind us.
What are you feeling right now? Are your thoughts wavering between timidity and resolve?
I am right there with you. I am tired already, and yet it looks like there is a long way to go. God promises strength for the journey ahead, and light for the path.
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
As women, let’s continue to pray for courage that is unwavering. Continue to ask God to hold you steady as your feet feel like they are at the fire. Pray for His peace and His love in the middle of what your family is going through.
Keep your eyes ahead. God is about to do something new!