Monday, October 1, 2012

Frozen In Fear

A young man from Kansas dreamed of becoming a crew member of a tall ship. Finally, his lifelong ambition was realized when he was offered an opportunity to sail on one of the few remaining ships. His enthusiasm was short lived when, after a few days, the captain ordered him to climb to the “crow’s nest” and search the horizon for approaching vessels.

The higher up he climbed on the rope ladder, the more frightened he became and the slower his progress. Half way up he stopped, frozen in his tracks. He was unable to move. No amount of persuasion or encouragement from the sailors below inspired him to go higher. Finally, someone had to climb up behind him and slowly coax him down to safety.

Every now and then we all seem to get “stuck” when we are unable to overcome an old habit, when facing a new challenge or being forced to do something we have never done before. People all around us may provide insight and ideas to solve our problem and challenge us to move on. But nothing seems to make sense and we “freeze” in our tracks.

However, God, in His Word, promises that “He gives power to the faint and weary, and might to him who has no strength.”

When life’s obstacles “freeze” us with fear, we must claim the promises of God and move forward in faith!

Prayer: Lord, may our faith in Your Word and our trust in Your promises give us the confidence and assurance that You will always provide for our safety. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Isaiah 40:29-31 They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

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