from Tom Walsh

When I was a kid, I hated swimming, it frightened me! Bodies of water that were deeper than my chest had the potential to create panic and fear inside of me. Naturally, to ease the fear and worry, I would take myself as calmly as possible back to the shallow part of the pool. Needless to say, it took a long time for me to sort of learn how to swim.

When I think of going boldly, sometimes what causes me to pause or not move forward is the fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of man, fear of failure and the fear of “did I hear wrong”. When those thoughts bubble up, my response is to go back to what I know is comfortable...the “shallow water”. I’m learning how to operate in that space between fear and wanting to retreat. It's not always easy to identify but when I do, I stand. I think of Psalm 46:10 and know that He is God. The Father’s love casts out all fear, so I press into knowing Him and experiencing his love which allows me to take the steps forward.

He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.’
— Psalm 46:10
Noah Gray