“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
~ Helen Keller
The story of Helen Keller has always amazed me. To think that someone who was stricken by an illness at a very early age, becoming blind, deaf, and mute could possibly come out a self-imposed shell was remarkable to me. However, Helen Keller did not merely come out of her shell. She interacted with her world in such a way that she became an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. Her courageous example gave hope to many others.
When we are overwhelmed by darkness, we often withdraw into a shell. We are afraid to strike out, to forge ahead, fearful that the world outside might be even darker than our world within. It places us in a horrible position.
We become overwhelmed by darkness in many different ways: depression, loss, sorrow, fear, separation, et cetera. Each of these conditions often immobilizes the people whom become overwhelmed by them. We often withdraw from everything around us in order to be “safe”. However, as Helen Keller states, that “security” is mostly superstition. Life still goes on around us. We are still impacted by what happens daily. We have merely allowed ourselves to become immobilized.
When that happens, we have two choices: remain in that condition or plunge into a daring adventure. Life does not guarantee us security. Life does, on the other hand, guarantee us one grand adventure. When we walk with the Lord, we have the ability to go places and do things that we never would have imagined. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, in and of themselves, are awesome, incredible, powerful gifts that enable us to be witnesses of Jesus to those we encounter.
We could withdraw from the world, afraid to utilize the gifts given to us by God, or we could go out into the world and help others to break free from the fear that keeps them withdrawn. Jesus wants His people out and about. Let’s try to do just that today.
FAITH ACTION: Plunge headlong into whatever the day has in store for you, confident that Jesus will be your companion and your guide.