Hugged by Jesus
The Lord is with you!... Go with the strength you have…. I am sending you! Judges 6:12,14 - NLT
It was one of my first speaking engagements to a crowd of strangers. I felt eleven again. Awkward. Self-conscious.
As I waited to be introduced, I tried mind over matter to calm my heart. Problem was, my mind wasn’t feeling very confident. I scanned the audience of women—my peers—and reassured myself that I was one of them. I fit in fine. Even if that woman to my left looked so together…and the one over there looked a bit stern…and the woman next to her exuded such casual confidence.
No turning back, though. I stepped to the podium that was too small to hide behind, breathed a Help me, Jesus, and turned on the enthusiasm.
Why does insecurity come so much easier than confidence? No matter how old we get or how varied our life experiences are, none of us is ever far from our inner adolescent. Remember that gawky middle-school phase? If not, you’re in the minority.
But you know what? Jesus loves the inner child in each of us, and He thrills to show Himself strong when we need a boost. In 2 Timothy 2:1, Paul speaks of Jesus’ caring nature when he encourages his young protégé, Timothy: “My child, Christ Jesus is kind, and you must let him make you strong.”
As I cast my nerves aside during my talk, I felt spiritually hugged by Jesus. I found myself actually engaging the audience and even got a few laughs, which were at the appropriate times and—wonder of wonders— not at my expense!
Jesus’ strength was enough for me that day, and He and I together accomplished the job He gave me to do.
Will you let yourself bask in His spiritual hug and watch as He does His work through you?
FAITH STEP: Ask Jesus to challenge you today. Then feel His arms holding you and follow His lead.
Contributed by Erin Keeley Marshall
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