Turn Fear into Courage~ By Elizabeth Anderson
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God." - Luke 1:29-30
In our lives, we strive for order; peace; routine. We do not like change, and so when something out of the ordinary occurs it is surprising and perhaps scary. Unfortunately, fear can take over our minds and prevent us from listening- and during fearful times is when we need to listen most. God cannot totally remove fear, but He can turn it into courage and a willingness to do His what he asks, as long as you trust in him. In trusting God, Mary was able to overcome her fear of the angel Gabriel and was given one of the greatest tasks to be bestowed upon someone by God. If you only listen, with patience and a humble attitude, He will come to you.
Prayer: Loving Father, we know that life can be full of surprises, both good and bad and that those surprises challenge us daily. Please help us to trust in You, and to understand that in all of the changes we go through You are there to guide us. Remind us to listen, and not to be afraid in the face of transition. In Your Name we pray; Amen.