If you haven’t read the first part of this message, Hello Courage, grab a cuppa something warm and come and sit by the fire. I’ll tell you the rest of the story…
The question arose, “Does God take us through wilderness seasons to make us ask questions?” God calls us to a place of deeper trust and surrender…to draw us to growth and transformation. I had asked what I was doing at this event, in this moment the rightness of this time and place settled deep into my heart as I listened to the speaker share her heart with us.
“If He calls us to a place, He equips us to go there.”
…He is calling us to believe Him, to trust Him.
Again and again throughout the weekend, this phrase kept coming to me.
She brought up one of my favorite scriptures
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Does God ever speak to you in themes? You know, when He is trying to speak something to you and a similar message or exact word pops up in almost everything you do! Fear vs. love is one of those themes He has had me on for some time now. He’s been showing me the difference between walking in a spirit of fear and walking in a spirit of love. Fear not… The speaker said that when we remember who God is, we can be bold and courageous and love more extravagantly because no matter what, we know He will rescue and uphold us. That is another theme He’s had me on,
Knowing His CHARACTER
…when we remember who God is and when we know His character,
we are not afraid.
Shelly spoke out of Matthew 14 when the disciples found themselves out to sea in the middle of a storm. Oh they were so afraid. She painted a beautiful and heart breaking picture through her words – the disciples had battled, they were weary, exhausted, it had been a long, hard night, and they were afraid!
There they were doing what God had asked of them and yet still,
they found themselves out to sea…
Do we ever follow where He leads and find ourselves out to sea,
amidst a storm?
I know I have. I’ve been scared. Terrified at times. But if we know Him…if we trust Him… The disciples had been intimately acquainted with Jesus, walked with Him daily; yet when He walked on water and approached them, in their weariness, in their fear, they did not recognize Him.
Tears filled my eyes. I realized it. Matthew 14. The ship. The sea. My journal. Tears flowed down my cheeks now and my sweet sister Lori put her hand over mine. Shelly said “Do you think Jesus didn’t notice that the disciples had drifted off to sea? Do you think this surprised Him? … Sometimes He calls us out to sea to show us the things in us that block us from seeing and believing Him.”
… calls us out to sea.
Then she said it.
Hebrews 6:18-19 …we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor to the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…
I heard Him whisper…
“Laurel I know the plans I have for you. Plans to give you hope and a future…anchor your soul to me Beloved. That is your Word…”
I praised Him and celebrated His great love…tears just falling freely.
Maybe you’re experiencing a storm. Maybe you’ve been obedient to His call and still find yourself out to sea. Fear not! Anchor your soul to the Father who will rescue and uphold you!