Rocks, lots and lots of rocks! Big ones, small ones, tall ones, short ones. All have sharp, jagged edges, edges that could wound. It seems a little reckless to be climbing up with all risk laying there exposed for the viewing. Choices to be made, daring to be determined.
With heart beating, we take one step at a time. Looking forward and upward with boldness. No turning back. There’s no room for the meek, no room for the timid. Just enough space between the rock and the hard place for a little fearlessness.
We climb with positive resolve, not because we are unafraid, without anxiety, but because we look to trade uncertainty for confidence.
We shrink back from the unknown, untried, untrue. All the while we hover in fear and limit ourselves by living in this sheltered, shielded stance. At what cost?
Courage never grows from security. It’s a trait that is developed by danger.
We are confronted by the challenge of choice today. Will we stop avoiding that tight, trembling feeling? It’s that feeling we get when we are forced to climb exposed to chance.
Ah, but here’s the one true assurance, the one true insurance. When we relinquish the control to the One who has all control, we stop quavering and our steps become steady and sure and the threat of stumbling is eclipsed by His promise. There’s an outstretched hand and it offers an opportunity to live dangerously by faith.
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Take hold of that promise and live brave and bold my friends.
Living dangerously by faith, that’s what courage looks like!