I am 9 days away from making my move from South Carolina back home to Charlotte, NC. My life is about 80% packed in very well labeled, color-coded boxes that are taking over my apartment. I have finished my campus classes and just have to finished my one online class. I am almost done with school and that’s weird. I mean, school has been all I’ve known for 20 years of my life. What comes next? What follows school? You mean, I have to be a big girl and find a job? Find my own place that’s not in the safe space of my wonderful Christian college? Make new friends on my own? Yikes!
Saying that I was scared would’ve been a understatement. I say “was” because I’m not scared anymore. The past few weeks I have been challenged to not focus on what I don’t have (a job, my own place, new friends) but to focus on what I do have (a free place to live with my wonderful parents, job potentials, a church). After I have done that, then I can put on my warrior face. I am called to be strong and courageous because the Lord is with me wherever I go and if he is with me, nothing can stop me.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Here Joshua has all reason to be terrified and discouraged. His leader, Moses, has just died and now he is the Lord’s choice to lead the people to the land that had been promised to them. I don’t know about you but if I had to follow up Moses’ work I would feel a little under qualified. But, in this first chapter, the Lord has a little pep talk with Joshua. This gives him the courage and strength to talk to the people and encourage them! That’s exactly what I needed. A pep talk from God. How many of us need a pep talk from God? Sometimes we do and we need to be reminded of who God is and that we shouldn’t be worried, terrified or discouraged because the Lord is always with us. This is a prayer I’m praying over my life everyday because it is so easy to get distracted and to focus on all the things that I’m lacking and forget all that He has provided for me.