There is danger up ahead. At least, that is what the enemy of our souls wants me to believe. Danger so frightening that I mustn’t move forward or make any changes in my life. The enemy uses scripture verses out of context to try to contain me, to make me stay in a position of defeat and fear. Danger up ahead . . .
I decided not to listen to cries of ‘danger!’ I decided to go back to my life source and renew my strength to choose life and health over stagnation and fear.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
And now, having made the decision that was so fraught with danger, I find I am resting in a peace that passes all understanding. While I was in the midst of taking that step — making that decision and acting upon it — my insides were shaking and fear tried to take control. Fear of what? Of the future, of course. Change can be frightening, and drastic changes in our lives and circumstances can be extremely stressful. But when we are the ones instigating the change, it can be downright terrifying.
Nevertheless, after months of vacillating and wanting someone else to tell me what to do, I have finally set the wheels of my new life in motion. It is exhilarating! My mind is rapidly cataloging and planning, neatly organizing what needs to be done and when. My heart, however, is at perfect peace. No fear. No anxiety. NO DANGER!
Who was it that said we have nothing to fear but fear itself? Oh yes, Franklin Roosevelt. And he was right. There may be a battle looming on the horizon but victory is assured when we follow the Lord into the battle. We may lose a skirmish or two, or even a battle now and then, but we know we win the ultimate war. It says so in the Book! (I peeked at the ending!)
So perhaps there is danger ahead but I know who holds the future and I am resting in the blessed assurance that action — any action — is better than stagnation. There is no life in a stagnant pool.