There is no doubt in my mind that God is doing a “new thing”.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
God’s new thing began in me long ago. I was a nobody, a nothing, a no good waste of a life. I would have told you that. I would have said, “Don’t waste your time on me. I won’t follow through. I won’t be of help. I’ll let you down. You’ll want to write me off. My thoughts aren’t worth anything.”
I was the wilderness. Or, better said, lost in it. Yet, little did I know, God was about to make “a way in the wilderness…and (literally) streams in the wasteland…”
Day after day, thin as a rail, as breakable as twig, I ran, starving, through dense trees, desperately wanting a big, fat, jelly donut. Although, I wouldn’t have admitted that – I forbid myself from eating…
Anyway, this run, the seventh one in a week was a beast. I drove myself to the limit and sweated profusely. Famished and forlorn, everything was the same – same time, same place, same feelings.
My body always said, “Stop treating me so badly”, still, as usual, my feet over-ruled, saying, “Run, Kelly, run. Go, Kelly, go. You’ve got to prove to everyone you’re not worthless.”
So, I did. I kept running – one foot in front of the other. I pushed myself…
See me. Step.
Love me. Step.
Want me. Step.
Save me. Step.
Every footstep had a rhythm.
Until the moment I stopped and the streams arrived. They poured down my face.
Not sure what to do or how I had been broken, I looked to sky, and said, “God, I can’t do this anymore. I need you to rescue me from the fear I will never be good enough for anyone.”
And, there it was…THE WAY in the wilderness – appeared.
I think life is a compilation of new things. You add them all up and then you see progress. God did it; you’re sure of it.
This is my point. Today, God is doing a new thing. He’s doing a new thing for you, for me.
Don’t doubt it. Believe it.
Don’t excuse it away. Receive it.
Don’t act like it’s an ordinary day. It’s not.
A lot of us Christians are living in a wasteland of normalcy. It bothers me.
Because, God is doing a new thing. All the time. He’s ready. Waiting. Eager, even.
Are we even looking?
Today is our wake-up call. A war against fear is brewing. I believe women will step out of their shell of discouragement and rise up in new courage, with new vision and new purpose to drive into God’s brilliance.
I long for that. I dream for that. Imagine, joining hands with sisters on-fire for Jesus and walking out, holding hands and changing lives by the power of Jesus Christ. Bring it, God!
Oh, I don’t doubt for a second that God wants to do a new thing – in you and me. He is ready.
Will we let it in? Let’s fight! Not as women with weapons, but like women laying down our weapons of rationalization and denial. We don’t need those things anymore. For the good things God has prepared for us in advance, those amazing places, don’t require self-protection.
Are you willing to fight? I am. I want to do it together. I want to hold your hand through it. Just because I have the dream, doesn’t mean that sometimes I don’t get afraid. I do, but I also know that God will be faithful. He will be faithful to you too.
So, let’s go.
Join me in the movement of Fear Fighting. God’s new thing is just over the horizon of belief.
About the book, Fear Fighting, Awakening the Courage to Overcome Your Fears:
Author and Speaker, Kelly Balarie, didn’t always fight fear – for a large part of her life, she was controlled by it. Yet, in her book, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears, with God, Kelly charts a new course. Join Kelly on the journey to go and grow with Christ’s bravery, the Spirit’s counsel and God’s unending love that squelches fear. This book reads like a love letter from God, while offering practical heart-calming prayers, anxiety-reducing tips, and courage-building decrees that will transform your day. www.fearfightingbook.com
About Kelly Balarie:
Kelly is both a Cheerleader of Faith and a Fighter of Fear. She leans on the power of God, rests on the shoulder of Christ, and discovers how to glow in the dark places of life. Get all Kelly’s blog posts by email or visit her on her blog, Purposeful Faith. You can also find a variety of resources for your fight against fear here.