I know we all believe the things we read in God’s word, but do we really?
I was challenged in this area just last week. My husband was helping me shoot a picture for the cover of my ebook. If you missed that post, you can read it and see the picture by clicking here.
He, being on the roof many times, thought it would be really cool if we got a shot of me (having never been on the roof) up there with my arms lifted to the sky.
I thought it was a great idea! That is, until I got about halfway up the ladder. I told him I didn’t think I could do it, but he encouraged me to just keep climbing. I did, but instead of climbing up, I climbed back down, stepped onto solid ground, and told him that I just couldn’t do it.
At that moment, Philippians 4:13 flooded my mind. “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” In a moment, I had to question if I really believed that statement. Was I really going to not capture this picture because I didn’t believe that I could do it?
I did not want to go up that ladder, but I was simply not willing to let my fear overrule my faith. I felt I had no choice. I needed to conquer my fear at all costs.
Quoting Philippians 4:13 out loud, I trepidatiously climbed that ladder feeling incredibly unstable.
Once I reached the top of the roof, the experience was far from over. While my husband set up the shot, I stood there wondering how I was going to raise my arms as if praising my God. Again, allowing the truth of Scripture to wash over me, I raised my arms and held them until he could get the shot. It was quick, but it felt like forever. I stood there as still as I possibly could hoping my shaking arms would not blur the photo.
After he had the shot, I thought the worst was over. I expressed to him how thankful I was that going down was going to be easier. His expression told me he wasn’t so sure of that. It turns out that he was right. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how difficult turning around and backing down that ladder was for me.
Again, it was the quoting of that verse, out loud, that got me down that ladder. This may seem silly to you, but let me tell you that for me, it wasn’t silly at all. The truth of God’s Word gave me the strength I needed to conquer my fears and do something that was way out of my comfort zone.
I realize that getting a photograph isn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but it is the idea behind believing Scripture that taught me the lesson God would have me to learn. I can trust His Word to get me though my circumstances; the insignificant ones as well as the important ones.
God’s Word is truth. It is living and breathing and there is power in His Word.
Do you believe that today?
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