It was time to leave New York City and head back home. My husband, daughter, and I stood on the street with all of our suitcases packed as we waited for our ride back to the airport. The afternoon sun got warm so we walked over and stood under a striped awning that declared a business’s name. Our slight move in location now put us about ten feet away from our packed luggage.
I enjoyed people watching as group after group of pedestrians glanced at our suitcases and then looked over at us, quickly realizing that the luggage hadn’t been left and the owners were nearby. Over and over again, we could see on people’s faces a questioning of the suitcases’ location on a busy sidewalk. Then we noticed a split second change in their expressions when they saw us and realized that the suitcases were not a threat or a terrorist’s bomb that had been abandoned in downtown NYC. That was the case (no pun intended) with all the adults that passed by.
The kids, on the other hand, were an entirely different story. Each and every child that walked by was compelled to drag his or her little hand across the top of our suitcases. The child would be holding a parent’s hand, and with the other hand they just “had” to touch them. One little girl looked right at me and gave me a taunting look as if to say, “Oh yes I did!” My family and I had a great time whispering under our breath, “Here comes another kid! Will he?? Yes!” It was so refreshing to watch children take a risk, knowing that if something was dangerous, their parent would’ve warned them and told them, “No, don’t touch that.”
As I giggled at the boldness of childlikeness, I felt the Lord speak to my heart, “Go ahead. Be bold. Go and touch suitcases. I have your hand, and there is nothing to fear. I will tell you when it’s not good for you to touch, but err more on the side of going for it. Take the land.”
I want to encourage you today to be strong and courageous. Let’s be bold just like Joshua and Caleb, and even when we see giants, we can go forward knowing how BIG the God who holds our hand is.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9
What suitcase are you considering today? Running for public office? Telling your next-door neighbor about Jesus? Ending an unhealthy relationship? Go ahead. Just do it. Know that He is with you. When we step out, we can look at our enemy and say, “Oh yes I did!”