I’d even dare to say that when trials hit, more often than not, we tend to start believing that things will never get better. You’ve hit a dead end and there’s no turning back.
First of all, welcome to the wild journey of life on earth, sister! We’ve all felt this way, and with each new trial that life brings, we’re faced with the dreaded fear of dead ends. Whether you’ve been a christian your whole life, just met Jesus, or don’t even know who He is, you will face trials, and with those trials come uncertainty and fear.
You know what’s amazing about the Word of God? I mean, there are a lot of amazing things. But one amazing thing is that we get to hide it in our heart, and that means that when we reach those dead ends, we can remind ourselves of who He is, whose we are, and all of the ways He has shown up, over and over again.
Remember when Moses freed the Israelites from Egypt? The Israelites must have been terrified and full of doubt as they approached the massive Red Sea…the ultimate dead end. To make matters worse, the Egyptians were in hot pursuit, chasing after them. I mean, just imagine the terror they must have felt.
You know what happened next? God told Moses to “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry land.” [Exodus 14:16]
Ummm… what? You mean THAT sea? The massive one in front of me? Do you know how big that is? Do you know what’s IN THERE? I’m not so sure about this…it’s just… impossible.
But guess what? God straight up turned that Red Sea into A HALLWAY.
“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” [Exodus 14:21-22]
Read that again. Then just take a minute to praise Him for His greatness. He MADE A WAY when there was NO WAY.
BraveGirls, if you’re standing at a dead end today, can I just remind you that the same God who parted the Red Sea for Moses can do the same for you! You serve a God who is bigger than your circumstances. You are a child of the ONE TRUE KING. This darkness is NOT a dead end – it’s a hallway. Lay it down at His feet. Seek His will. Call upon your tribe. And keep going. He always shows up.
My husband was diagnosed with Stage 3C Colon Cancer in November 2018, at a time we were certain we would be making a big move, and everything came to a sudden and complete stop. Life was sorely interrupted and completely turned upside down.
He’s 37 years old, and we have four young boys under the age of ten. This wasn’t supposed to happen. It was like a whirlwind of bad news all at once, and it felt like this would be the end of him. The end of all things beautiful. The end of the life we had planned. How could this be happening?
You know what happened next? The body of Christ stepped in. Family and friends from our local church and from around the WORLD stepped in and covered us in prayer. Made us meals. Took care of our kids. Packed their lunches. Sent us money. Flew in to see us. They STEPPED IN. And in a beautiful, overwhelming, and real way, It filled our hearts with love, encouragement, TRUTH, and HOPE. It reminded me that the picture is so much bigger than this diagnosis. It carried us.
It’s been a long few months of cancer. There have been ups and downs and the journey is not yet over. But can I tell you something that might sound crazy? I’m thankful for it. I’m thankful for this cancer journey we’re walking. Not because I want my husband to have cancer, but because him having cancer has opened our eyes even bigger to the greatness and majesty of God. It has shown us what the body of Christ can do in such an overwhelming and beautiful way. His plan is so much better than ours.
Our journey is far from over. But as I sit on this airplane, I can’t help but think that this is such a small piece of the big picture. Sometimes it helps to take a step outside of our circumstances, don’t you think? Like flying in an airplane, overlooking the city you just visited. All of a sudden the things that seemed so big, seem so small. It’s a humbling reminder that my giants are not so giant after all. Because my God is so, so BIG.
Let’s be honest, girls. Being brave doesn’t always look like the scenes we see in movies – you know, the ones where the heroes save the day with their super-human bravery. Real life BraveGirl bravery doesn’t usually look that glamorous, does it?
You know what’s brave? Obedience. Obedience is brave. And I’m not talking about going to church or loving your neighbor. Yeah, those are both crucial and important, but I’m talking about a different kind of obedience. I’m talking about the “I just want to GIVE UP, but I KNOW that Your will for me is greater than my circumstances, so I will trust you, and I will choose you” kind of obedience. I’m talking about making hard choices that don’t *feel* good all the time, because we know they’re right in His eyes.
Maybe it’s your marriage. Or maybe it’s a relationship with a friend or loved one. Maybe God is asking you to take a leap of faith, and it’s so, so scary. You feel inadequate. Maybe you made some really bad choices and you feel like you’re too-far-gone…
Want to be brave? Be obedient. Stand firm in the truths of His promises. Make the choice that, although it seems harder, you know will honor Him. Want to be really brave? Take the lie that you’re not good enough, not strong enough, not worthy enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, or not capable enough, and throw it in the garbage. Then take the garbage out to the dumpster and leave it there, because you don’t even want to *smell* that lie when you open the garbage to throw something else away! Throw. it. away! And then, choose Him. That’s brave.
You are MORE than a conqueror!
You can do ALL THINGS through Christ who gives you strength!
You ARE enough because of who you are in Him!
You are NEVER too far gone!
Get in the word and read what He has to say about your circumstances. Get on your knees and surrender to His will. Put on the Armor of God and prepare for battle. And once you do that, trust Him. Even when the mountain seems too big, trust Him. Reject the lies and choose Him because you know that He is (was, and always will be) faithful. And then choose Him again… and again – sometimes every minute of every day, knowing that it will all be worth it in the end. That’s obedience – that’s Brave.
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