Posted by: bellissimanh | December 28, 2015

I wanna see you be brave.

It’s 5:30am and I’m sitting with my Bible on my lap and a cup of coffee warming my hands. The wind is howling outside the window… it’s an eerie whine, rising and falling like waves of the ocean – low and lulling one moment and fierce and frothy the next. It’s chilling, really, and a little bit scary… but also kind of suits my mood this morning.

Today we head south to share in a celebration of life for my aunt, and then to Shriner’s Hospital tomorrow for another surgery for my girl. So much is on my mind. My cousins who are grieving and facing an incredible and unexpected loss. A long drive on roads that may be icy. The uncertainty of what is in store for Jasmine when the doctors assess her leg and craft a plan. The worry of leaving work for two days in an already short week when there is much to do and one colleague is on vacation. So.Much.Stuff.

And that doesn’t even touch the broader sphere of things – a local family burned out of their home. Another who suffered a barn fire just last night that left one person in a local hospital because weather prohibited a life-flight to Maine Med. And then there’s the news. Yeah. Let’s not even go there.

windSometimes life is just plain overwhelming. Fear can paralyze and leave us wanting to just throw in the towel. But then there’s this…

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

And this…

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Although it may feel like it sometimes (more often than we’d like), we are not alone. Ever. And when we believe that – really believe it – we can know peace in the midst of howling winds and crazy circumstances. If we are willing to put our trust in God, we can rest knowing that there is nothing outside of His control. That He has a purpose in our pain, and that there is a promise for those who persevere.

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-5

Let the winds howl. Let the storms rage. Let the sky fall. The One who walks on water and says to the waves, “Peace, be still” has you in the palm of His hand – and He will never let you go. Be brave. I’m praying for you – for us.

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