This Sunday, I will be walking into an entirely new situation. I guess you could say I’m going against the flow of my ordinary, routinely scheduled life. Instead of sitting quietly beside my husband at church, I will be speaking, in a contest at a resteraunt nowhere near my normal surroundings.
I’m extremely uncomfortable.
To make matters a bit more enticing, I’m a humorous speech contestant. My speech thrives on how I can laugh at my disabilities. I’ll be sharing how riding a skateboard down the aisle of a moving school bus without my hearing-aids or glasses was not a smart idea – but ended in my own laughter. I’ll also be sharing the story of my first skydive (which I blogged about earlier this week). But my focus is simple – don’t allow others to define you. In this life, we have been given the freedom to redefine our circumstances. We have the power through Christ to determine how our lives will look, feel and essentially be remembered.
With that in mind, I’m starting a new path in the world of public speaking. I’m shaking just typing those words – yet I’ve seen God just completely takeover my shining moment. It feels just like moving my fingers on this keyboard, watching these words come out so easily – well, you simply know God is behind every letter. It’s completely Him. When I speak, He takes over and I feel free.
New, for me, is simply taking a risk outside of my comfort zone. Placing my shaking hand in His firm grip and finally understanding this is what I was made to do. I’m made to walk in the new unknown He has already planned for me long ago.
So tonight, I hear Abba whisper:
“But forget all that (I have done in your life thus far) Bethany, it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? (Stop right now and soak up the opportunity around you!) I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18, 19 NLT) *Parenthesis emphasis added by me (of course!).
One foot in front of the other…here WE go…
Are you embarking on a new adventure? Please share in the comments section! I’d love to hear about it!
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