10/24/2017

Stacey Crawford

One of my favorite songs right now is a song called “You Make Me Brave.” It is by Bethel, and I highly recommend you check it out. I can relate so much to this song right now that I have almost declared it my personal anthem for this season of my life. In the paragraph below, you will find my favorite lyrics.

You make me brave

You make me brave

You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

Cause You make me brave

You make me brave

No fear can hinder now the promises you made

In the season of life I am in right now, this paints a beautiful picture of what God is calling me toward. An unforeseen situation has risen in my life that has caused a lot of confusion, hurt, and pain. I have sat many days in the past weeks just unsure of how to move forward, how to recover from this. How do I restore what was broken? How do I incorporate God into this? How do I let God lead me through this? How do I move from pain to peace, from brokenness to healing, from hurt to redemption? But what I love about God is that He has met me in that place. I’m confused, I’m hurt, and I often don’t feel like I have the strength…but He does.

These lyrics are perfect for me right now. I truly feel as though I am standing in front of something that is way bigger than me. I keep getting this image from God that I am standing on the shoreline, looking at the winds and the waves. I am so full of fear and uncertainty. But in the middle of that moment, I feel as though I hear God saying “I’ve got this.” I feel as though He is calling me right out into the middle of the ocean, in the middle of the enormous waves. All along, He is reminding me that I don’t have to be brave, He will make me brave. I don’t have to be strong, He will be my strength. He continues to call me deeper and deeper into the water, which is drawing me closer and closer to Him. I have continually heard God saying loud and clear “You are going to get through this, you are going to be better for this, what you are going through now is at some point going to be an incredible part of your testimony.” The waves are crashing all around me and sometimes over my head, but over and over God is proving His faithfulness in the midst. I can see Him clearly, even as the waves and the winds try to take me under. It’s incredible! I have never had an experience quite like this in my faith journey, and I really do feel that these things God is telling me, though I can’t see it now, really will come to be. I just keep pressing, I keep walking, I keep trusting, I continue to ask God to make me brave and help me in the process.

What is it for you? What situation in your life seems bigger then you? What is the ocean in your life? What are the waves that you feel are taking over? It can look scary and confusing right now, but I encourage you to be real with God and take those steps out into the waves. The waves may surround you and even take you under at some point, but God’s got you! He’s not going to leave you or abandon you, but rather will be with you all along the way. He alone can and will make you brave!

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.

    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you.

    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

For I hold you by your right hand-I, the Lord your God.

And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

Isaiah 41:10, 13 (NLT)