Have you ever been in a place where everything around you was in complete disarray, and all you wanted to do was escape to some tropical beach?
I have many times. During those difficult moments, besides wanting to run away the words would escape me to explain or confront said situation. All I could do during my prayer times was God, please remove so and so. God, please get me out of this situation. God, I need a miracle.
Being shy and insecure during those time did not help much either.
I really did not want to face what was in front me. Obtaining a tan was my best option.
I found out this is the wrong approach. God was teaching me life lessons on growth, maturity and even speech. Be ready in season and out of season came to mind. We will face situations that we are uncomfortable in, and running away will not help, nor will we mature and learn from it.
I have learned to ask for boldness, (not hesitating) courage, (being able to face difficulty) and eloquence of speech when needing to confront or deal with something I am highly uncomfortable with.
In Acts Chapter 4, Peter and John were facing prison and beatings because in the previous chapter they prayed for a lame man since birth, and he was instantly healed. Everyone knew this man and he was over 40 years of age. This tells me he was a permanent fixture at the entrance of the Gate Beautiful.
Now that he was healed, Peter and John found themselves in a dilemma.
Peter and John prayed for boldness, and the council had no choice but to let them go.
I found out the words I do not say can become a prison to those that need to hear the truth.
As Peter and John prayed for boldness, I now do the same, whether there is a difficult situation or not. It´s best to be prepared for when it does come upon me, I will find myself to be ready.
Instead of asking God to take everything away, I pray for strength, courage, wisdom, boldness, stamina, and grace to continue.
After a prayer like this, I find myself energized and I know God is with me.
Can you imagine if:
- Jesus did not face the cross
- Moses did not go up Mount Sinai
- Noah did not build the ark
- Saul/Paul did not accept the call to follow the Lord
There are many more examples, but you get the picture.
During difficult moments in life, it´s who you become in the process that counts.
Don´t give up, keep asking God to gird you and He will not fail in His promise to keep you and give you wisdom.