Brave

Some people might not consider it an act of bravery to walk into the local home improvement store with a ziplock bag filled with sink parts.

But for me, it was.

The kitchen faucet had been dripping for some time.  Now the drips had turned to full on running water.  I had to keep sticking my head in the scary place under the sink to turn the water on and off.   Dad had given me a temporary solution a few months ago and promised to fix it when he came to visit.  But God had other plans for him.

I’m not the kind of single woman who loves fixing things myself.  I don’t take on the challenge with excitement.  It’s usually with a sense of dread, and hovering nearby is self-pity and questions about why that verse in Genesis doesn’t say “it is not good that woman should be alone”.

But sometimes, we have to do the brave things.  The hard things.  And sometimes just doing those things– or even having the bravery to try those things makes us realize that we’re actually going to be OK. 

There are situations that require much more bravery than fixing a sink.  Life is hard.  Life doesn’t always turn out the way we planned or expected or dreamed about.  There are situations that require us to just pray, take a deep breath and stick our heads in the scary places.

And God uses those moments to remind us of His love and His provision and His care.  We’re going to be OK.  All my sink needed was a tiny little 29¢ washer.  And I smile every time I turn on the water now.

Be brave, my friends. 

 

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

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

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29