Have Courage, Dear Heart

You’ve been praying for weeks, perhaps even months. Nothing.

In the mean time, you continue to live life. You wake up and brush your teeth with the same old toothbrush that you have been planning to replace for the past month. You go to work or school and go through the motions. Blink, breathe, repeat. You go to Walmart at the end of the day and forget to buy the toothbrush. You shower after dinner and maybe watch another episode of Friends in bed you’ve seen at least a dozen times until you suddenly find yourself waking up to the same old day, the same old toothbrush, the same discouraged heart.

Suddenly, there is a spark. No fireworks or roaring flames, but a single spark that could easily be quenched by the smallest rain or tear drop. Your first instinct may be to ignore it, for surely whatever it is you’ve been praying about isn’t just now getting noticed after the weeks, months, or even years of feeling completely and utterly alone in your struggles. Or, perhaps you might even choose to give it your full attention, leaning close enough over the ember to where its faint light just barely brushes against your cheekbones…and promptly put it out yourself once you realize that what little it had to offer just wasn’t what you were expecting.

Friends, I highly encourage you to listen to that still small voice (1 Kings 19:12). Treasure it, and willfully blow on its ember in order to further radiate its glow. At face value, it might not be what you thought it would be. Perhaps the answer seems too discrete, too simple, or too difficult for you to follow through with. But with a little attention and acceptance, and, finally, application to your life, you will see for yourself that His will is good, pleasing, and possibly even perfect (Romans 12:2).

“Have courage, dear heart.” C.S. Lewis

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