Courage: “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. without fear; bravery”.
Take: “to get into one’s hold or possession by voluntary action; to hold, grasp, or grip”.
Written in black and white, dictionary.com appears to indicate courage is a simple choice of making up one’s mind to be brave. But. Then. Life happens.
Fear creeps in. Illness rises. Loss crouches. Death snatches. Relationships crumble. Security is nowhere to be found. So much for courage.
Yet. A choice is offered. Take. Action. Take action. Choose. Choose to be courageous. Even in the face of fear. Even when it takes away the breath. And the pulse rises. And the perspiration beads.
Yet. This is not a choice to be made alone. Rather, it can be, should be, made in the face of a relationship with the Lord. Our Lord. It is He who says: “Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous? Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will go with you wherever you may go.” Joshua 1:9
So. When the ticket agent tells us, “There is no way to get there from here,” we, Brian and Diane, choose courage in our missionary journeys. He, our Lord, is with us. When fellow missionaries look to us as their pastors when they face huge transitions, deep questions, and agonizing hurt we take courage, knowing courage comes from His nearness. His provision.
And. In our own family. We take courage. We choose. Because of Him. We are not alone. He is near.
When the waters rise. And the wind blows. The skies darken. And the pulse races. There is a promise: “But Jesus spoke to them at once. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘Take courage. I am here!’ ” Matthew 14:27