Wait for the Lord
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)
Let your heart take courage. Let it. Allow it. These are not the phrases we are used to hearing and sending to others. When our hearts feel muddled and our head hurts with anxiety, we say things like, “Trust more.” “It will be alright.” “Have faith.”
I wonder if our hearts need to know we are allowed to take courage? I wonder… do you feel as if courage is for the strong? Do you feel as if courage is reserved for the mighty warrior, the seasoned Christian, the pastor, the faithful friend? Do you count courage in everyone but yourself? Do you need to know that you’re allowed to take up courage? More than this, do you believe your heavenly Father invites you to be brave?
I do. I need to know that courage is mine to hold. It’s mine to swing and to stand under. It’s mine to trust in and to take joy in. Yet, it’s only mine because One had great courage. Yes. The one that submitted to His Father’s wish, and the one that said, “Father, please take this cup from me. But not my will but your will be done.” is the one who offers courage.
The Spirit that encouraged Jesus that dark night when all his friends fell asleep as He battled thoughts of doubt, offers us courage. Let your heart take courage. Allow yourself to be held by the successful Savior. Give in to the One who gave Himself that you may be strong.
Feeble hands we may have indeed. But Christ does not except us to have what only He can give. Nay, if we think we are brave on our own then we only need to look to Simon Peter. Do you hear the rooster crow? Remember what our feeble hands can do alone.
Let your heart take courage, friend. Grasp it will all your heart, mind, and soul.
For this is God’s gift to His people: we are paid for and sought after. We are not left to our feeble hands.