what does it mean to have true courage?
although i was quite a fearless and spirited child, i remember one of the fears that i did have was going down this big slide in my back garden at home. i was fearful because i didn’t have hands to hold onto the side of the slide to slow down my descent to stop myself from having a hard landing on my bottom. every time, i would climb up to the top of the slide determined to go down that slide, but once i got to the top, i would be frozen by fear. eventually, my little sister would end up squeezing her way through to get her turn down the slide.
i desperately wanted to go down that slide knowing how fun it would be to go down. but i couldn’t. fear was in the way of my freedom to enjoy the slide.
just like my fear of the slide, it is fear that stops us from taking that step into the unknown. to have something out of our control can make us freeze or panic from fear and anxiety. it paralyses us. it enslaves us. it takes away our freedom to live a fruitful life.
thankfully, by having no arms, i had to learn how to “let go” early on. that little girl sitting on top of the slide eventually took courage and went down the slide (and no, my sister did not push me down)!
i remember how fun, exhilarating and freeing it was! i took a leap of faith believing that i was going to be safe and i did it!
i became unstoppable and i did land on my bottom a few times, but it wasn’t as bad as i feared it would be. it just meant that my mum had more laundry to do, but i remember feeling so proud of overcoming my fear.
sometimes, taking courage means having faith like walking on water. it seems so impossible, but once you’re willing to believe that everything is possible with God, your faith transforms your fear into a courage that overcomes all – and even if you lose focus and stumble with doubt, He will always be ready to rescue you and is there for you in the midst of your storm.
Matthew 14:27-33 (NLT)
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.