PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS

Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”


“O life is a toil, and love is a trouble, beauty will fade, and riches will flee, wages will dwindle, and prices will double, and nothing is as I would wish it to be.”   

These words found in the diary of a 19th century pioneer woman, became the basis of a melancholy protest folksong. But the ground-down pessimism of the woman in the folksong could just as well be the words on the lips of many of us. There are times that we feel as if nothing is as I wish it to be, that life has lost its meaning or purpose, that everything we try to do fails. We are weary, worn and sad.  We cannot see any joy; we have all but given up. Like Eeyore we say, “The sky has finally fallen. Always knew it would.”

There may be good reasons for our sadness, but far too often we can fall into a spiral of negativity and cynicism. It is almost impossible for us to find courage f0r we are lost in our own wilderness. It is times like this we might need to be carried: “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed you the most, you would leave me”. God replied, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you; never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Have you ever felt like today’s quote? Have you ever been by God and/or carried by the prayers and love of others? Is there someone who needs your prayers and love today because they are “weary, worn and sad”?

One of my favourite hymns begins “I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest; lay down, thou weary one, lay down thy head upon my breast.” I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad; I found in Him a resting-place, and He has made me glad.”