Hold Fast in Hard Times — Be Brave (Day 23)

Be Brave
I fall frequently.  You see, I walk with the assistance of a prosthetic leg.  Some days, I feel a bit like the Bionic Woman who could leap over tall buildings, but on other days, I relate strongly to that woman in the 80’s commercial who said, “Help, I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.”

I’ve had to accept that I have limitations.  This is not so terrible when I get the parking space up front at the mall, but it’s no fun when I can’t go roller skating with my friends.  (I will roller skate in heaven).

When my husband and I were dating, one of our first “outings” was to the Museum of Science.  I honestly don’t remember much from that day — I walked around and pretended to be interested in the exhibits because my husband is a science geek.  As long as he was holding my hand, I was happy.

The most memorable part of the day was when he saved my life.

The museum is a two-story building, so after we wandered around and ran out of places to explore, we decided to head back downstairs to the front exit.  So, we climbed on to the escalator.

Escalators and I are not friends.  I struggle to keep firm footing on a regular carpet, so scaling down a moving and breathing mountain of stairs is a risky venture.

I asked my man to go first.

I watched the rolling stairs carefully with my eye and tried to measure the rhythm.  One, two, three.

I reached forward with my left leg onto the escalator and then dragged my right prosthetic leg toward me.

The problem was that the right leg didn’t land on the same step as my left leg, so I was straddled.  As the escalator started to descend, I lunged out of balance.

I fell forward into a solid mass.  In front of me, my man was in lockdown mode.  He had braced himself on that escalator like a tank.  He was not going to budge.

In my weakness, I fell right into his strength.

You see, I didn’t need to fear.  I was protected by a shield of love.

Tonight at the midweek service, Pastor Doug said something that reminded me of my close call on the escalator.

When someone stands next to you who is strong,

all fear evaporates.

Then, we sang a new worship song — an anthem to God and a call to courage.  His love makes me brave.

As I bask in the love of the Omnipotent one, I remember that no weapon formed against me will prosper.

I remember that the God of Angel Armies is right by my side.

I remember that My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever.

Are you straddled in a precarious place right now?  Go ahead and lean forward.  His grip of love will never let you go.

Something to think about….

 

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Hold Fast in Hard Times — Pray As You Go (Day 22)

Pray As You Go
I have a friend who is a hero.  For over two decades he served as a fire fighter.  Daily, he was on call to fight fires and help others to safety.  In order to do that, he had to study up on fire fighting techniques, and he stayed in shape.  He also wore a protective suit and worked with a group of men who supported one another like brothers.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what I can learn from my fire fighting friend.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve faced some fiery trials recently.

Let’s face it, we are in a war.  Opposition is a part of life.   Daily, we need to arm ourselves as we wade out into the trenches.  We must prepare for battle just as a fire fighter is ready to face the inferno.

Heroes who are willing to face the flame are few and far better these days.  But, in the Old Testament, I found one man who faced opposition and fiery trials with great wisdom.   Nehemiah was a great leader who stood tall despite overwhelming obstacles and opposition.

I think the key to Nehemiah’s success was that he was a man who feared God.  His heart was broken over sin, and he moved with passion and purpose to right a wrong.

Nehemiah understood that without God’s strength, he could do nothing.   He was fully surrendered to God’s leading.   He prayed through every course of action, and he surrendered every conflict to God as his Defender.

Nehemiah moved forward through the flames with confidence because He believed that God’s promises hold true in the midst of impossible situations.

Let’s purpose to pray through the fiery trial and go down fighting on our knees.

 

 

When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:2, NIV

 

 

Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome,

and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.

Nehemiah 4:14, NIV

 

 

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Hold Fast in Hard Times — Prepare for Rain (Day 21)

Prepare for Rain
During my first week as a school teacher, I was introduced to many different protocols that helped to create a healthy and safe learning environment for my students.  One of those was explained in a handout titled “Rainy Day Procedures.”

If inclement weather was in the forecast, we had a precise plan for how to re-direct our day.  I knew how to respond to the storm — there was no uncertainty about how to proceed.  The plan brought calm and confidence.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I need to have a similar plan for the storms of life.    Weather is subject to change, so in the VLOG below, I share some thoughts on how to not be caught unawares by sudden downpour.


 

 

 …examine all things; hold fast to what is good. 

Stay away from every form of evil.

I Thessalonians 5:21-22, NET

 

 

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