Be strong and courageous

Be strong and courageousThe Joshua prayer contains powerful yet comforting words. It’s a bold prayer. And I’ve been praying big, bold prayers lately. Prayers of healing, peace, guidance.

As I begin this week, I have a friend dealing with fresh grief over the loss of a loved one. Another friend is facing surgery tomorrow. Yet another is nervously awaiting results of medical tests. Others are nursing family members through cancer, recovering from illness and injuries themselves, wrestling with major decisions, and seeking life-changing answers to questions.

It’s hard for me to see people I care about struggle like this. The situation is made more difficult by the fact that there is nothing I can do – in some of these cases, I cannot even comfort them in person. My heart breaks that I can’t just snap my fingers and make things better. As an eternal optimist, I’m always looking for the bright side, but sometimes, we need to push through the darkness before we can find that bright side.

And the key to pushing through that darkness is to remember the Joshua prayer. To remember that God is with us, and has plans for us. We may not understand or like them very much, but we are not in control. If we focus on and lean into Him, He will give us the strength to get through whatever struggles we face.

And the best thing I can do is pray.

Be strong and courageous and not afraid. God is with you.