How often do you get out in the country? I don’t mean where there happens to be more grass than concrete; I’m referring to the place where more things walk around on four legs than two?
This past week I traveled through four different states to visit some of my girls. One of those states was Kentucky. It is filled with lush, green grass, rolling hills, farm animals, and that sound…. oh that sound. What sound? The sound of quiet. It’s probably something you’re not familiar with if your life is like mine.
To be honest, it’s not completely quiet. It’s more like quiet with a sprinkle of “moo” every now and then. One thing is for certain, it’s a far cry from the fast paced city life. It’s also where one of the restorative care programs for survivors of sex trafficking happens to be located. It’s a peaceful place for girls to settle themselves and heal.
At another stop along my way, I happened to walk through a shopping center and discover a sign, or rather a wall, with a challenge on it: Do one thing a day that scares you.
I stood there for a long time trying to think of the last time I did something that really scared me. Was is releasing Rescuing Hope knowing others would critique it and may find it less than? Was it starting a nonprofit? Maybe sending my children off to college?
My fears seem so small compared to those of the women I traveled to visit. They faced life and death situations every day until they were rescued. Then they had to risk the only thing they knew and put their trust in complete strangers. They had to uproot from where they were and travel across several states to live on a farm with even more strangers. Then they had to unpack their past hurts and wounds and talk about them, pray through them so they could release them. They had to forgive the countless people who had used and abused them. They had to wake up and face a new day without having a clue of what would come next. Yet, these women, the fierce, fearless women did that and so much more, day after day.Each one of these ladies, in her own way, has embraced Proverbs 3:5-6,
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
If these women, my heroes, can face the kind of fears that are in front of them each and every day, then what’s holding me back? What’s keeping me from moving forward and doing something that scares me? What’s holding you back?
Ambrose Redmoon said,
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Are you willing to step out in faith? Are you scared yet? It’s time to be brave!
Wow, this is very convicting! I feel challenged to step out of my comfort zone today!