But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”Matthew 14:27 (NIV)
Courage may be one of the English language’s misunderstood words. When I hear the word courage, I think of firefighters, police officers, military personal, etc. To me it speaks of one who willingly faces danger and gives little thought to their own life in doing so. This paints a picture of true heroes. I’ve been praying for courage to face the battle we have been told could come. I’m no hero. If I can be honest, when we were told what I’m faced with, I literally froze and couldn’t comprehend how this could be possible. I didn’t cry or freak out, I immediately froze up in my mind and tried to wrap my head around what I had just heard. Don’t misunderstand, tears found their way down my face. Each one filled with thoughts of my family, as well as, sadness and fear. Helpless and distraught are the only feelings I can recall from that morning in the doctor’s office.
And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.1 Chronicles 28:20
This morning I looked up the word courage and here is how it is defined by Webster; mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Another way it is defined is; the ability to do something that frightens one, or strength in the face of pain or grief. This is exactly what I am praying for; the ability to face this diagnosis that brings fear.
God has been providing a peace like I have never experienced. There is no doubt that the prayers of God’s people are being heard and He is dispensing peace and ‘courage’.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?Psalm 27:1