Lent 2019 – Day 29

By on 03/04/2019

Courage in Uncertainty

Wednesday 3rd April

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8)

“Jump! I’ll catch you!”

When my daughter was young, getting her from the side of the pool into the water was difficult. Her eyes darted side to side, quickly losing confidence, as her imagination pictured all the horrors associated with jumping. Only when I could get her to fix her attention on me would she find the confidence to bend her knees and spring off the side of the pool.

Like my daughter, we are regularly confronted with situations that are overwhelming, unknown, or threatening. What does it look like for us to spring with confidence into every situation that the Lord brings into our lives?

In the bible story from Sunday’s Lenten video, Jesus asked the wealthy young man who was keeping most of the commandments and considered himself good to come deeper. Jesus asked him to sell all of his comforts and come with Him into uncertainty. The Holy Spirit is working on us in this 40 days transforming us to be the best version of us we can be and we can trust Him to walk with us into any uncertainty.

That step into uncertainty is difficult for the rich young man and it is difficult for us.

My daughter didn’t want to step off the edge of the pool, but you may have lost your job, just moved into an area where you know no one or have challenges at work or home. Maybe you are single and wonder if you’ll ever get married, maybe you don’t know where your next meal will come from. Maybe you have committed to make changes but lost your way and given up?

At one time or another, all of us will face times of uncertainty.

The reality is that none of us are secure in this world except in Christ. Nothing is certain. We aren’t guaranteed our next meal. We aren’t even guaranteed our next heartbeat. Even when we feel secure, we are incredibly fragile and completely dependent on the Lord for every breath. Lent is a time for us to go deeper and God walks with us every step we take.

My other daughter does not blink at jumping into a pool or river from any height. She steps forward and launches herself off confidently.

This is a picture of how I want to live — not carelessly, but confidently — springing with confidence into every situation that the Lord brings into my life — all that I need to do is turn to Him as I step out.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. You ask us to step out into uncertainty, but we can be confident stepping out if we focus our eyes on you. Our courage comes from you. Thank you that you are with me as I step out in faith today. Amen.

Written by
Sandra Purcell: Responsible for assisting Bruce with his Ministry as well as research and resource development.


7 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 29

  1. Lord I need your help everyday for the confidence I need in the challenges I face everyday
    Lord give me hope and hold my hand as I make decisions
    You know lord all I need is her

  2. Dear Lord, without you I am nothing.
    Lord I am not perfect. I try my pest in every way I can., give me strength in all
    my struggle.
    Help my children through this difficult times.
    Thank you dear Lord, Amen

  3. Always enjoy your reflections and no matter how busy it makes me stop in my day to reflect on The Lord. Helps me to remember who is in the drivers seat :). Thank you

  4. Complete confidence in Him, we do our part, He does His! Ask you more of Him! He is so very ready to hear that! “Father God, thank you for the Holy Spirits directions in every daily encounters! Doing life together with you leads us to the “perfect day” you had already planned! A that makes an amazing difference in our life and those around us!”🙏

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