Diving Courageously

She looks out towards the sea. The fog drapes so heavy over it; seeming as though it never ends. She is anxiously awaiting for him to blow the three familiar horns from his fishing boat. She hears and trusts that he will be waiting for her. As she hears the final blow adrenaline and hope pumps through her as she dives into the dark unknown sea. Keeping her eyes focused on what’s to come she dives in courageously.

Diving into a dark cold anything doesn’t sound appealing, not to mention the ocean which scares me…. like really scares me. Thinking about the girl above diving in fearlessly with FISH! …As Jimmy Fallon says “EW”!

After getting past the scary and slimy fish thoughts I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 4:18 which says, “So we do not look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we know now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” I feel like we go through different seasons in life that are filled with dark scary unknowns and full of slimy fish popping out of nowhere. If we fix our eyes on the one above us and focus of what He has in store for us. It doesn’t seem as dark and the fish are not as slimy.

Most of my life I have been crippled by fear. Fear that I won’t measure up, fear to fall asleep because of terrible nightmares, fear of making a fool of myself, fear of saying the wrong thing, and the list goes on. When I first realized fear was controlling me, I said ENOUGH! I can’t live like this! I became obsessed with Joshua 1:9 it says, “This is my command be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Soon I became very focused on being courageous. I used to think that being courageous meant that you had no fear of anything. You were truly fearless.

I have learned that people who are courageous are not truly fearless. They step into a situation that is fearful and they overcome the fear. They are living in the awareness that we are constantly in the presence of Jesus Christ and in His perfect love it casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).

In Joshua 1:9, He commands us to be strong and courageous He doesn’t command us to be weak and scared. The phrase “do not be afraid” is in the Bible 365 times, that’s one for everyday. I encourage you to join me and face the situation that scares you, knowing that God is with you and on your side along with all of heaven.

Thinking of the girl above diving into the unknown, sometimes we have to dive into thing that Jesus is calling us to. Trusting that He truly knows best. Can you imagine all that we could do for the kingdom if we walked in the awareness of His constant presence? Can you imagine the peace that would replace the fear?