Another guy got "break out in a cold sweat" brave.
“The Israelite cry for help has come to me, and I’ve seen for myself how cruelly they’re being treated by the Egyptians. It’s time for you to go back: I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the People of Israel, out of Egypt.”
Moses answered God, “But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:9-11 MSG)
I'm personally not sure which one was braver of Moses, talking back to God, or taking on the task God had given him. Whether it was hundreds or millions (depending on what you hear or read), Moses hit the road with tons of folks. And God went with them.
But those guys are long ago and far away. Sometimes, the magnitude of their decisions and faithfulness are too much for my brain.
Flash forward to the early 1950s. A young couple with a small family decided life would be better if they left their small, rural community and moved to the big city.
A decade later, another family set out on a journey across the country. They were willing to leave family and friends behind to seek what they believed to be the best for their children and themselves.
James has been blessed and called to music ministry since birth. I know that sounds weird, but God gave me a word over him before James was even born. I haven't been surprised to see God's work made manifest through him.
For three years, since the economy took a bite out of church ministries, he's been doing what he needed to do. But enough was finally enough.
A few weeks ago, James quit everything and started focusing strictly on returning to church music ministry. When my mouth fell open, he said to me, "I'm tired of being unhappy, of spinning my wheels and not moving forward."
Maybe you think it sounds irresponsible. And yes, that thought has passed through my pragmatic brain a few times. But then, I think about the legacy, and how brave he is.
(Shhh! Don't tell James, but I'm so thankful Tom and I could provide him with a place for respite and security for a while. And, I'm just as thankful for time to build a relationship with my child as an adult.)
With all the promises and blessings the Hebrew children had benefited from, you'd think they would have learned their lesson. Sadly, a time came when Joshua had to draw a line in the sand, "But if you are unwilling to obey the Lord, then decide today whom you will obey. Will it be the gods of your ancestors beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites here in this land? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 TLB)