by: Rev. Justin Krupsky, Associate Pastor
It was my sophomore year in high school at the end of our basketball season when our varsity coach gave the esteemed award, “Pepto Bismol Boy.” He gave this award to me because he knew how anxious I was before each game and he had heard about the story of my freshman year district baseball game. He knew that I had consumed a full bottle of Pepto Bismol during the rain delay of the game I started as a pitcher.
I share this story because it is the season of Lent and Holy Week is next week when we center our attention on the courage that Jesus displayed. My mind cannot help but go to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was bent over discouraged and terrified to the point of death because of what he was about to face. I am reminded also of Joshua from the Old Testament how when he was about to take over leadership and continue God’s plan how he was bent over in the tent of meeting needing to hear God tell him, “Be strong and courageous, do not terrified, do not be discouraged,” not just once but three times.
I wonder if you and I need a little courage right now or a little Pepto. Maybe like Jesus you are going through a huge storm and by faith you need to continue to pray the prayer, “Thy will be done,” and by faith proclaim, “I am in your hands.” Maybe you need a little courage like Joshua because you are being called to lead and you are humble enough to know your weaknesses and by faith you need to acknowledge that it is not about what you can do but what He can do through you because He is with you.
To this very day there are still situations I find myself in where anxiety, discouragement, and fear are all so real but I am so thankful that I can be encouraged by those like Joshua who have gone before us and certainly thankful that our Savior Jesus didn’t give in to fear.
This Lent may God give you more of His Spirit of Courage as you let His word speak to you reminding you of His presence that is with you.