The Courage to Say Yes
2 Corinthians 12:9 – “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me
For me, courage often looks like saying yes to God.
God will frequently ask you to say yes to things that are impossible without him. He will purposely lead you to the end of your sufficiency, so that He can show His strength and prove himself the hero of the story. We belong to an upside down Kingdom where our dead ends become Red Sea roads; our weaknesses become canvases for His glory. The Lord tells Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” God does some of His best work when there’s a sea in front of you and an army behind you.
God will often ask you to do things that are impossible without him, but, he rarely gives you steps 1-21. But, most of us wanna know step 21, before we will say yes to step number 1… because it gives us the illusion of being in control. Consequently, some people will never experience the miraculous things that God has for them, because they couldn’t say yes to the first step without knowing the last.
Shortly after she moved to India, God laid it on the heart of Mother Teresa to start a school. Her dream felt like an impossibility due to a lack of resources. Although she didn’t possess wealth, she did have a stick and some dirt. She began teaching the street kids to read by drawing letters in the clay. Soon, hundreds of kids were lining her street, eager to learn! After some time had passed, a wealthy man saw what was happening and gave her a school building. Mother Teresa said that the moral of her story was, “If you wait until you have what you think you need, then you’ll never do ministry. Use whatever is in your hands.” Sometimes God tells you to build a school and all he gives you is a stick…be faithful with step 1, even when step 21 is nowhere in sight. When we say yes to God, we make room in our lives for the miraculous.
If God is currently asking you to take step 1, then you may not need to carry the burden of step 3, 15, or 21. God’s method of provision may not be what you anticipate or expect. He used a staff to split a sea, and a stone to take down a giant, and a baby to save the world. He used ravens to feed a fugitive, and mud to restore a man’s sight, and a fish’s mouth to provide tax money. These miracles are wondrous, wild, and a little weird. As we do the possible we can trust God to do the impossible!
As we conclude this series on courage, I want to ask you to do two things. First, ask yourself, “what is God asking me to say yes to?” Second, look down…what has God already put in your hands? Sometimes God asks you to build a school and all He gives you is a stick. Be faithful with step 1, even when step 21 is nowhere in sight. Let’s be women of courage who say yes to things that are impossible without God.