by Chaplain Timothy Burdick
Before audio description, listening to a movie without much talking in it was synonymous with sleeping. While I am still not a big fan of movies, I do enjoy them more when I’m using a headset which allows me to hear audible descriptions of what is going on.
It is the same way in our spiritual lives. God only wants the best for us, but in order to experience that, we need to put on the headset which He offers, while tuning in to His audio description channel and listening to what He has to say.
Isaiah 41:10 describes three things that God wants to do in your life, and two things which He asks us to do. To see what I mean, please read the following verse with me.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (NIV)
When facing life, it is easy to be consumed by fear. But God wants to encourage us, telling us that we no longer have to live in that mode.
“But I still feel the same way,” you may say. “Do you really believe that?”
Yes, my friend, and I will tell you why. As a hospital chaplain who is blind, God helps me to step out when things seem overwhelming. As I clung to His Word, He gave me a new sense of courage. It wasn’t that things were suddenly a lot easier, but knowing that the God of the universe was with me gives me new resolve. The fear that told me I would fail went right out the door, along with the discouragement which held me back, and I could look at things differently.
But how that affects you depends on how you respond to Him. He promises to strengthen, uphold and help you through the situations you face. Will you let Him be a faithful friend in your life? Start by taking small steps today, and He will broaden your horizons tomorrow.
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