Whatever our present portion, may we be of good cheer. Because His favor is rarely the avoidance of the fire… It’s “The Lord is with you!” within it.
In the end, courage only happens in the face of fear, whether it be real, life-threatening danger, or perceived danger that just makes you look foolish to outsiders. But the charge I now take from this story is that no matter how ridiculous the thing God is asking me to do is, I know that being chosen looks radically different.
Water refreshes the thirsty. Bread refreshes the hungry. Peace refreshes the anxious. Rest refreshes the weary. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus refers to Himself as all of these, and more! How refreshing it is to know that because of Him, living – not merely existing – can be our reality, even in the chaos of everyday life.