“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
Joshua 1:9 is one of my favorite scriptures and it keeps me going whenever fear tries to hinder my progress. This was the scripture that I held onto as I boarded a train for Charlotte, NC in August of 2005 with a 5-year-old and a 6 week old baby. I was moving away from friends and family to a city over 500 miles away. This was a defining moment in my life, where I had to step on fear and move forward into what God was calling me to.
Believe it or not, I came to see that my whole experience in Charlotte was about growing up and not letting fear stand in my way. During this time I became closer to God and more of a leader. I was no longer afraid to do the impossible. I conquered my fears through faith that God was with me every step of the way.
One of the funniest things that I had to conquer was the fear of driving. Although, I had my license and a car for some time, I was still dependent on others to take me where I wanted to go, especially if it was some distance from my home. I had this fear that if I drove a car on the highway, I would tragically die in a car accident. So, I get to North Carolina and I find that there is nothing but highway all around me. I was scared out of my wits, but I kept pressing forward, knowing that I could not let this thing cripple me. Besides, God did not bring me this far to leave me. To this day, I have not had any car accidents or one ticket – I have to say that I am a pretty good driver.
Being afraid to drive may seem like a simple thing to some people; but it was major for me. I could have let this fear rob me from so many great experiences and teachable moments. My experience of moving away from home with all odds against me was a great feat and I did it not alone, but with the guidance of my heavenly father.
Have you let fear paralyze you from moving forward or accomplishing that great thing that you have in mind? Take hold of Joshua 1:9 and step boldly into what God is calling you into.
Lord, I know that I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. Give me the audacity today and every day of my life to crush fear one step at a time, as I move forward into my future.