“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney
There are few things I enjoy as much as I enjoy “walking right down the middle of Main Street USA,” grabbing a hot dog at Casey’s Corner and watching the three o’clock parade in Magic Kingdom. It’s like stepping into Bert’s painting the way Jane and Michael did with the one who is “practically perfect in every way,” Mary Poppins. However, there is a part of Disney World that doesn’t feel quite so magical to me. It’s the roller coaster rides.
“Cautious” is the word. Or maybe it’s “scaredy cat.” The scene is a bit similar to when Brooklyn was attempting to walk on her own. She wanted to walk, but she wanted something to hold onto, even if she didn’t need it to balance. I tried to supplement a sharpie marker for my finger, but she didn’t “fall” (pun intended) for that. For the longest time, she’d cruise along with my index finger barely within her grasp. She was just too cautious to let go. The same goes with roller coasters and me. I want to ride with the group, but it’s the unpredictable course, the unexpected turns and surprising drops that almost make me bow out. I know, that’s why people ride, but “thrill” is not in my vocabulary. “Family memories” is though. So I gather up the nerve and ride anyway. When the ride is over, I’m always glad I got on.
How many rides do we skip because we don’t have the courage to experience the unexpected? When is that little something in our grasp keeping us from having the courage to let go and take those first steps? What do we miss in life because we don’t have courage?
In my time recovering from surgery, the Lord whispered into my heart repeatedly, “It is time.”
“But I went to nursing school to be a nurse.” I felt Him speak that He gave that to me.
“But I have these beautiful children who I’m always so busy with.” I felt Him speak that He gave them to me too.
Then there’s my sweet husband, but the Lord gave him to me as well.
What I really wanted in life is what I thought I’d never have, my husband and my children. I have all I ever needed with them.
“It is time, it is time;” the message stirred in my spirit.
Yes, it is time.
This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. I Corinthians 1:25 NLT
We want to be right where God wants us to be, when He wants us to be there. His plan is wiser than all others.
The place He’s calling me to be, took me back to the place where it all started on April 27th 1988. It was the ditch where I laid, my body burning; my brother dead. It was the scene of a horrific accident. This course of life changed.
That ditch. That place of tragedy, photographed for its symbolism of triumph!
Here I am, stepping on the ride. Here I am letting go of what’s in my grasp that I can feel and see and know. Here I am silencing the “what if’s” and “hows.”
Steps of courage: setting a three-year time line to write a memoir of this journey
Steps of courage: sharing with others through speaking opportunities
Steps of courage: developing brochures to capture who we are, our past speaking experiences and testimonials
Steps of courage: seeking options for where our online home should be
Steps of courage: sending our story to different publications
Steps of courage: asking for your prayers and requesting your support in following this blog, sharing it with friends, and connecting us with others to share our story publicly
These things which God has done must be shared. “To God be the glory for the things He has done!” Sharing what He has done gives hope. Giving of ourselves brings encouragement. Telling our stories inspires, sharpens, motivates.
What has the Lord done in your life that could make a difference in another’s? We all have a story to tell. Whether it’s to forty or four thousand, whether it’s over coffee or in a presentation, we make a difference when we share where we’ve been. That may look a little different for each of us, but make no mistake, it still makes a difference! So take those steps of courage with me when God opens the door.
In the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing some people with you who have inspired me. These individuals are courageous in being who God has called them to be, and encouraging to all who have the privilege of knowing.
This journey has unexpected turns, twists, and curves. But when it’s over, I’ll sure be glad I got on.
“Decisions are not always easy…especially ones that are life changing. Faith gets you founded. Courage gets you moving.” Pastor Steve Lee, Coweta Assembly
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