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But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 (NLT)
I tended to be timid when I was growing up and lacked confidence. As a result, I was fearful about trying new things. Even if the risk was relatively small, I resisted.
As an adult with greater spiritual maturity and more confidence I am still seeking to overcome that habit.
That became evident when our 20-year-old grandson invited me to ride on a jet ski recently and I declined and shuddered at the thought as a person who can’t swim and feared being in the water. He is a tender hearted, thoughtful young man, but it would still be a big step to get on the jet ski.
As my grandson waited for my final answer, my husband urged me to try as well. It was then that I recalled Peter desiring to be like Jesus and walk on the water. He needed to face his fear and not doubt.
I also heard the soft whisper from the Lord of Isaiah 43:1 to not be afraid. Somehow His reminder that He knew me, knew my fear, and that I belonged to Him gave me the courage to step out onto the jet ski with my grandson and take back the power of the fear that would seek to overtake me.
Because you have ransomed me, called me by name, and I belong to you, Lord. You are teaching me I need not allow fear to overtake me. Thank you for your patience in teaching me to trust you and risk stepping into unknown experiences. I can have the confidence that you are at my side and if you have nudged me to go forward, I need not fear or give the enemy the power to constrict me.
How good you are, Lord. Thank you. Amen.