Sitting On Ruins by african fiWe were up late last night watching the news coverage of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. I have a very dear friend and her family that live just a few miles outside of West and I was so concerned for their safety. I was very relieved to get a text from her that they are doing okay and all their family is safe.

What a tragedy! So many people’s lives have been turned upside down in just a matter of minutes.

I read a thought-provoking article by Jessica Leigh Hoover at Hand Me Down Grace.

The Truth About the Way Through Fear

Don’t think for a second that bravery is not being scared.

Bravery is being shaking, quaking in your boots scared and walking forward anyway.

Here is the truth, the very hard and honest truth. One day it will all be over. There will be no more seconds on the clock or second chances to live without a regret littering the way.

The only way to the other side is to walk straight through and every step might be drowning in fear, but moving forward is the only way.

Once I was on a backpacking excursion through the canyon lands of Utah. I wasn’t feeling well and we’d been out for two weeks and were lost. The day was just too much and I sat down. I sat down right in the middle of the trail at dusk and I cried big alligator tears.

Evil wins the victory if we sit down where we are and sisters, brothers, I have been guilty, more than I would like to admit, of sitting down in the middle of the trail and refusing to get up.

Here is another very honest, raw and real truth- Good can exist side by side with the bad and if we refuse to move forward because we are afraid of the hard, the hurt, the helplessness that we risk feeling then we might very well be rejecting the full, holy and heartening good that is just ahead, over the vista that looks so far away.

The rain outside is pouring down and I hardly know a soul in our new town. The insurance has stopped and the bank account will get one more paycheck from my husband’s former employer before we are left with what is in it. This is where the fear mounts and the question remains.

Will we keep walking forward?

(Read the rest of the article at Hand Me Down Grace.)

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