Bravery: It's not what you think
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“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8
Bags packed. Car loaded. I said my goodbyes and hopped in my car trying to be strong, only to pull out of the driveway and burst into tears.
It was a little over a year ago that God called me to move to a city fourteen hours away, with no job and no clear direction. As much as I wanted to ignore what I knew He was calling me to do, I knew my only option was to surrender and obey.
I was in Charlotte, North Carolina for an internship, two weeks away from heading home to pack up my things in Louisiana. I don’t know if I’ve ever prayed such desperate prayers than I did in that moment when the direction I was walking was still unknown, where I’d live, where I’d work, all unknown.
One week later, I’m at Starbucks grabbing coffee with someone I had met recently who works for an online women’s ministry. By the end this conversation, God had opened the door for me to apply for a social media internship with Proverbs 31 Ministries.
God loves to show up right at the last minute, doesn’t He? He often shows up in the mundane places when we least expect it. My resume was sent in, my trip back home had come to a close, and this was where I found myself, standing in the driveway not wanting to get in my car and make the fifteen-hour drive back. My feet wanted to stay right where they were. It was terrifying to leave a life I loved to enter into a life I wasn’t sure of, with many fears and uncertainties.
Yet this is right where Abraham was in Hebrews 11. God had called him to leave his homeland to go to a land unknown, and in that, we see Abraham quick to obey.
I think we often get confused about what true bravery looks like. Bravery isn’t glamorous. Bravery is choosing to let go even when you want to hold on. Bravery is obeying God’s voice even when what He’s calling you to do seems impossible. Bravery is getting in the car and making the road trip to a place far from home, even when all you want to do in the moment is remain where you are.
Simply put, bravery is a choice.
You’re not going to feel brave until you get up and move toward that thing you fear the most. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we live standing face to face with our fears and be brave.
I arrived in Charlotte with interviews lined up the very next day, the same day I received the job. After recently celebrating one year living in Charlotte and working for Proverbs 31 Ministries, I often wonder where I’d be if I hadn’t chosen bravery, if I had gotten scared in the waiting and run back to what was comfortable. I would have missed out on seeing God come through in incredible ways. I think that’s why Jesus comes through at the very last minute, because maybe he’s teaching us to be brave and place our complete trust in Him.
Friend, what step is God calling you to take tonight? Don’t wait till you feel ready, you may find yourself waiting forever. Will you choose to walk in bravery today?