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Reminders: Reverent Submission Requires Courage

Reminders: Joshua 1:9 | Eclectic Affinity #write31days

There are some parts of growing up in the faith and of getting older that are about gaining a confidence you didn’t have before. There are other parts that are about gaining back the confidence that you lost in the process.

Sometimes desperate situations create courage out of necessity. God has a way of turning the “you” that you thought was small, unnoticeable, and un-formidable into something else entirely all by means growing your faith.

In Hebrews 5:7-8, it describes how God heard Jesus’ prayers because of His reverent submission. Think on that. It’s humbling not just that Jesus prayed fervent prayers but that His prayers required radical obedience and being confident in God the Father, experiencing what we experience—empathy. Faith that requires reverent submission also requires courage. That kind of faith grows things. That concept of faith growing things became an inspiration to a design of the same name. I drew roots and within that root system, I illustrated the word “faith” to represent the hidden growth below the surface. Art, in that way, makes the artist’s life an open book to some extent. I was learning that faith produces things that, though often invisible to the naked eye, are very real. Looking far below the surface, there’s foundational growth.

Beautiful things grow in quiet patience.

Hebrews 11 does a beautiful job of illustrating that point. The very things we hope to see aren’t visible to us because what is seen is “not made out of what was visible.”

This is part 27 of 31 in a personal story participating in the Write 31 Days Challenge. To start at the beginning or to see all the posts in order, click here. If you want to follow along, follow on social media or subscribe as a reader to Eclectic Affinity.

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Jacquelyn Arends

Graphic designer + Illustrator + Entrepreneur // Owner of Charm Design Studio; blogging at Eclectic Affinity

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