Jesus didn’t fit in. In fact, He was mocked and laughed at more times than one. But He knew His purpose on this Earth and He didn’t let his Haters hold him back. Matthew 9:23-26 (NIV) When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through the region. Jesus could have easily let those doubters get under His skin and deter his mission. Yet, he did not. He could have argued with the bullies, yet he did not. Jesus went ahead and performed a miracle. Read that again, He went ahead and performed a miracle. We often give up on our dreams for fear of being laughed at or mocked. Friend, if that dream is God given, don’t let your haters stand in your way. Seek wisdom and discernment from the only one who matters. If you’re walking the path and taking the steps that Jesus has called you to, don’t give the debbie downers a second thought. Walk ahead with your sights set above.
When I cross the street with my children, the first thing I do is grab their hand. I do this to keep them safe and guide them across the road, in the right direction. I don’t want them to turn back in the middle of the road or get scared and freeze. Think back to when you were little and your parent did this for you. How did it make you feel? I know it made me feel safe, comforted and brave knowing I was holding the hand of someone who loved me and wanted to keep me safe. This is exactly what our Heavenly Father wants us to feel with Him. We can take those brave steps with the strong hand of Jesus holding onto ours. We can embrace fear with the knowledge that Jesus is gripping our hand and He’s never letting go. Isaiah 41:13 (NIV) says For I am the Lord your God who takes holds your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear I will help you.” When going through hard times and walking through rough waters, seek the comfort of God’s hand. He will guide you, and keep you safe.