• Lisa Smith

Faint-Heart vs. Brave-Heart


Dear Reader, This is a rerun from 2018 but I think it’s worth publishing again. Fear is rampant as the freedoms we once enjoyed change daily. We are on an unfamiliar path and are unsure of the outcome. But, God tells us to not be afraid. No matter what happens. Keep your eyes focused on Him and He will show you the next step. He is faithful to get you to where you are going! --Lisa N.

While hiking the cliffs of Stonehaven, Scotland; to explore Dunnottar Castle, I came across views that took my breath away. It was a Sunday morning and I praised God, marveling at His Creation. How much He must love us, to make such a beautiful planet.

Earlier that week, I’d studied the account of Peter walking on the water during a fierce storm in the Sea of Galilee. Verse 31 particularly jumped out at me and I’d been meditating on it all week:

Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?” (Matthew 14:31 MSG)

As the terrain became steeper and more treacherous, I felt fear. “What in the world am I doing here?” But, I pressed on and my efforts were greatly rewarded. It has now become one of the most memorable days during thirty days abroad by myself!

That evening, while visiting my landlady, I shared where I’d explored that weekend. She said, “Lisa, you know that Braveheart was filmed there, right?” NO, I had no idea! It wasn’t on any of the brochures or maps. Coincidence? Nope, only God!

Father God, during this season of learning to be brave-hearted and strong, once again; You surprised me! It was no coincidence I latched onto that one passage of Scripture and thought about it on that particular morning at that particular site. Thank You for weaving a beautiful tapestry out of every life season. Amen.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. (Psalm 138:7 AMP)


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