sarah blake ochsner
Does a woman learn how to be brave or is she born with such a trait? I can’t say I have the answer to that question. But I do know I’ve watched bravery--not as an idea but in the flesh-- unfold before my eyes every single day of my life in the form of my mother.
Growing up, it was always just mom and me. My dad died tragically in a plane crash three months before I was born. In a moment, a woman who had a loving husband, plans for a big family and a full life, found herself completely alone, expecting her first child.
I’ve never really been able to imagine what that must have felt like. Now that I’m married it’s even harder for me to fathom.
I think those are make or break life moments. She somehow mustered the courage to stare her devastation and heartbreak in the face. She somehow decided her loss wasn’t going to define her. She refused to let that it control her.
From the moment I was born, I was her priority. She gave and gave and gave to me, her family, her friends, our church and often received nothing in return.
Quietly and patiently, she waited for the moment when she could do something for herself.
For years, my mother dreamt of serving in the U.S. Foreign Service. I can remember her applying quite a few times over the years but the season just wasn’t right.
But when you wait on the Lord, He WILL reward you.
On Saturday, my mom’s dreams became a reality when she jetted off to North Africa to work in a US Embassy for the next two years.
At her age, most woman are winding down and dreaming of their approaching retirement. But clearly my mom is not most and I think we can all learn from her fierce bravery.
She’s living a world away. She doesn’t know a soul. The culture couldn’t be more foreign to her. But she’s following God’s call for us to replace fear with bravery.
God may not be calling you to up and leave everything behind and jet off to another land but I’m sure there’s something you’ve always had sitting in the back of your mind. Something you’re waiting to pursue.
Don’t let fear consume you. It’s easy to let the chance of failure take the joy out of any dream. But pursue everything with fierceness and relentless bravery.
If you do that, you’ll live life with zero regrets.
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