My lesson for the children’s class at church was ready. It was easy to put the lesson together, and I was excited to teach my precious little children’s class sweethearts. I had visuals and some fun activities to go with the Bible lesson. It was going to be perfect. My translator and I would teach these children the truths of the Bible together, and we would make a difference.
Then my husband let me know, “Isahaak is in his village today.” Suddenly my Bible lesson fairy tale came crashing down. My translator was not going to be there. I was counting on having him. My language skills were poor and insufficient. I had become quite dependent on my translator and even somewhat relaxed in my language studies because I knew my translator would help me. Now I was being told I had to teach the class alone.
Honestly, panic wanted to sweep over me. I can’t teach these kids! I, however, had no choice. I was the only one who could teach them. The children would all show up ready and waiting to hear a lesson from the Bible. Someone had to teach them, or the precious opportunity would pass by wasted. I prayed, took a deep breath, and taught the class.
Joshua 1:2 “Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise…”
Moses, the leader and Joshua’s mentor, was gone. Joshua could no longer sit in the shadow of Moses. Joshua was now the leader appointed by God to take the children of Israel into the Promised Land.
I do not know what Joshua felt, but I can tell you how I would have felt in his shoes. When I was in the comfort zone of the shadow of my translator, I was confident and ready to tackle the children’s class. The moment my translator was gone, I wanted to panic. I have a feeling Joshua felt overwhelmed, too. God kept telling him multiple times to be strong and courageous. Apparently, Joshua needed a courage pep talk.
Sometimes we do not realize we are hiding in the shadows of something or someone else. We only realize it when suddenly that comfort zone is yanked away. God desires us to be dependent on Him and not dependent on our comfort zones. Sometimes He forces us to come out of the shadows. He calls to us, “Arise…” He tells us to have courage because He is with us. He is all we need.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
What is your comfort zone? What do you hide behind? What keeps you from trusting the Lord alone in difficult situations? You may not even realize the shadows in which you hide until they are removed. If you suddenly find a shadow removed, do not panic. Be strong and of a good courage. God is enough.