What are you afraid of or what makes you uncomfortable? Is it spiders? Is it heights? Or is it doing something out of character? Some people are afraid of public speaking but for me I’ve always been afraid of walking into a social event by myself not knowing a soul. That could have something to do with the fact that I’m an introvert who prefers to spend a Friday evening at home in a book or watching movies but last Friday I was determined not to sit at home. I went to hear someone that I’ve admired for quite sometime speak at a church I’ve never been to before and I went by myself.
Now that may not sound like a big deal but for me that was huge. Other than shopping or going to the movies I can count on one hand the times I’ve attended an event where I didn’t know someone. I’ve always found some reason why I couldn’t attend. I even missed a friend’s wedding because of that fear but I am determined to not let that fear control me any longer.
Attending that event last Friday and even writing this blog are steps needed for me to continue down the path that God has for me regardless of what that path is. I don’t know how many people will read this or why I should be doing things on my own but I do know that this is a time of preparation. Moses fled Egypt and lived with his wife and family while God prepared him to speak with Pharaoh. The apostles and many others waited in a room for the arrival of the Holy Spirit.
Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt into the land God promised them and the apostles were responsible for the birth an rapid growth of the early church and while I don’t think God’s plan for me measure’s up to Moses or the apostles I do believe that no matter what He’s got planned it’s important that I allow Him to move me out of the nice comfortable life I’ve always known. Scary isn’t it?