Christopher Columbus had it right
when he said that we can only cross the ocean
when we have the courage
to lose sight of the shore.
That’s the place where the battle is often lost before its begun.
Fears creep in.
I’m not by nature a courageous woman.
But again and again
the Lord has shown me His ability to provide everything I need
for safety and security.
Memories flood my mind.
Riding a small noisy plane inUkraineyears ago
that sounded like it would never reach its destination with me in it.
But it did.
Memories of a long night ride in a Russian train.
but on a mission to adopt a little six month old baby girl.
Surrounded by strangers but held by the Lord.
Deciding to go back to school to complete my degree
but not knowing how it would all work out.
Walking the beach in a late October
needing to be sure that it was His Will for me
to adopt a second child.
Fears looming but
faith crying “believe.”
It’s back to that choice.
Courage is an action that more often than not
goes before feelings.
Placing our hand in His Big One
and saying if I fail, I fail
but I’m choosing to trust you.
It’s during those times when I’ve crossed the mighty ocean
that I’ve discovered again and again
that He is Able.
The One Who calls always goes before.
So let’s take a step forward this year
push off from the comfortable shore
and begin to cross that ocean.
Take one step forward.
Call that person.
Explore the next step.
Get out your writing materials.
Sign up for that conference.
Yes, do the next thing.
As you do it you will be given courage for the next step.
Thank you, Christopher Columbus, for reminding me again
not to fear leaving the safe, comfortable shore.
Maybe our greatest fear needs to be
continuing to cling to it.
What do you think?