Updated: Apr 14, 2020
By Rachael Adams
God's Brave Women - Rachael's Story
“Mom, I’m scared.”
Kate whispered this to me as she reached for my hand. We were on a girl’s trip in Savannah, Georgia. Oak trees draped with Spanish moss lined the cobblestone streets we walked while exploring the city together for the first time. The unfamiliarity made Kate nervous and if I’m being honest, I felt a sense of uneasiness too. Navigating unfamiliar territory can be scary.
After souvenirs, sunsets, and sweets, Kate and I made our way back to our hotel. She was smiling — happy about the excursion, delighted she had faced her fear. While we often face more difficult circumstances in life than navigating a new city, the lesson remains the same. How often do we allow fear to rule and keep us from experiencing what God may have for us?
I have allowed fear to dictate too much of my life. That is why writing this piece for the Brave Women Series seems so foreign to me. Bravery is what I aspire to, but brave is not a word I would have ever used to describe myself. I’ve been what I would consider insecure most of my life. Fearful even. Fear of others’ opinions led to people-pleasing tendencies. Fear of rejection led to playing it safe. Fear of failure led to never beginning.
"Fear of others’ opinions led to people-pleasing tendencies. Fear of rejection led to playing it safe. Fear of failure led to never beginning."
But my biggest fear of all is not living the life to which God has called me. To reach Heaven’s gates only for Him to ask why I wasn’t obedient or missed out on His best for me. I was so thankful Kate reached for me when she felt fear rising within. It made me question, to whom or to what do I turn to when I need courage?
Fear is the opposite of brave. Today when I consider bravery, I think of the single mom trying to stay ahead of her bills and raising her children on her own. The patient with a terminal diagnosis. The woman in the nursing home staring at the same white walls for yet another day alone. The prodigal swallowing her pride to come home. The woman forgiving her husband, who committed adultery again. Bravery is putting two feet in front of the other for yet another day. Marriage is brave. Having children is brave. Friendship is brave. Chasing a dream is brave.