Fake Bravery

March 16, 2012 in Five Minute Friday

Today I write for five minutes flat and then join others over at Gypsy Mama to encourage 
each other. It’s a writing exercise. An encouragement exercise. Gypsy Mama says, “We finger paint with words. We try to remember what it was like to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Where your words are welcome, just as they are!” Join us. Forgive me today, I went over the time limit by more than a minute–to finish the story and then a few more minutes to add pictures. 

Sometimes people spot faith and mistake it for bravery.
 Following a dream we had to involve our family with an orphanage in an impoverished country, God lead us to new friends in Honduras who have a family of  24 orphans. We took our whole family. The girls were 5 and 7.
I was excited. But in telling others, they would bring up concerns. I had never thought of their worries. But listening to them I wondered, “Am I a fool not to be worried?” They called us brave for taking our kids. I didn’t feel brave. Maybe I was naive. More likely God was leading us forward.
We arrived in Honduras, anxious and hopeful. We arrived on the day of a political coup. The Honduran President had been wakened from his bed and ushered out of the country by the military. More than a week of unrest and uncertainty followed. Airports were closed. Security tightened. Guards with big machine guns were in places like the grocery store.  I wondered how our story would end, but I knew God had brought us to an amazing ministry of a couple who loved the Lord more than the world. And to a little tropical paradise that only knew what was happening due to media. We went to the beach everyday. We played daily with kids and dogs and parrots and ocean waves. We felt relieved from the heat by the daily rain of the tropical forest. It was everything we hoped.
The airports opened up  two days before our departure. People called us brave when we returned. Brave does not describe me, but in that moment of life I was full of faith.
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ells March 16, 2012 at 11:34 am

Hi neighbor…yes…fake bravery…so thankful that faith can show up in those moments…even if our hearts are not brave. blessings~

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redemptionsbeauty March 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I can relate to this kind of brave. When I signed up for a missions trip to Eastern Europe when it was still “behind the iron curtain”, when my husband and I decided to be missionaries on support, when we took our kids to Rwanda and everyone worried about safety and health issues. It is a fine line between faith and bravery isn’t it? Nice to meet you through FMF.

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Jessie March 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Great story! What an incredible journey of faith. I love it when God asks us to do the “unthinkable” and we follow through and are so changed. It is hard though when people are inserting their fears. I am trying to learn how to hear Him clearly so I know the difference between wisdom and fear. 🙂

Faith = brave.

Perfect!

Jessie at JessieGunderson.com

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Stacie March 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I think a lot of parenting moments are naivete over bravery! 😉 And the connection between faith and bravery? Love it!
Great action shot of your girl, too.

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Kerri ( a simple princess) March 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Great story…great pictures!
Sometimes God doesn’t call the brave or courageous do do His work…but He will give us all we need for it! I am so glad you went in faith!

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Jerralea March 17, 2012 at 1:28 am

Glad you stepped out in faith. Sometimes we just have to tune out the voices of doubt.

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Michelle Eichner March 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I love the line “they loved the Lord more than the world” Thanks for sharing your story and the blessings of obedience!

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Laura March 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Thanks Michelle (and everyone but you all had blogs I could stop by and visit). So nice of you to drop by.

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Samantha Kelley March 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

What an adventure!

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Sonya Lee Thompson March 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

So glad you elaborated with the pictures! This is so encouraging. You had God’s bravery which is what I see faith as. Not faith in your own ability but in God’s abilities. Nicely done!

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