Courage

Well, it would make sense that God would pop me over the head with a little lesson over courage before starting my last ever semester in good ol’ Waco, Texas.

I’m on a major journey to read through the entire Bible, and today’s section is Exodus 2.  I’m reading along, fully envisioning the Prince of Egypt as I read when a single verse stands out to me: 

Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?”

 

At first glance, that’s quite possibly the most awkward verse in the whole chapter, but that’s not why it jumped from the page.  

Check out homegirl’s courage.  She has been on the side of the river watching her baby brother float towards the hope of safety.

Okay, rewind a hot second.  Why is a bitty baby floating down a river in a basket? Well, Exodus 1 explains it all.  Basically, Pharaoh decided that there was too many Hebrew people for his liking. So, naturally, his conclusion is to kill all the newborn baby boys.

Back to Moses in a basket in the water.  His sister has been watching him from the side of the river to make sure he reached a safe destination.  When she sees that Pharaoh’s daughter picks him up, she offers to find a Hebrew woman (aka her mom) to take care of the baby.

You could stop there and be content with your life and happy for Moses or you could continue to dig a bit deeper.  Homegirl walked up to the daughter of the man who sentenced death on every Hebrew newborn boy.

What?!

That, my friends, is an amazing amount of courage that I have overlooked so often.

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face … We must do that which we think we cannot. ” Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is not the absence of fear by any means, but the ability to look fear in the face and say, “Come at me, bro.”

Ernest Hemingway defined courage as “grace under pressure.”

So, where should my courage come from? If it comes from myself, well, that’s a hot joke. The cool thing is, courage comes from the Creator of the universe, my Redeemer and Savior.  

That’s what’s up!

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