I was in full-blown panic mode. My husband and I volunteered at our church’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration and were assigned to serve on the parking team.
On the parking team.
Including cars I’ve hit in my own driveway and the mailbox I took out, I’ve had a total of nine wrecks.
I can’t parallel park and I’m terrible at directions.
When I told my mother and daughters the news, Katie laughed until she cried. Mother said, “Julie. No. It’s too dangerous.” Jamie only said one word. “MOMMMMMMMMMMMM!”
When Rick and I arrived for duty, we were given official Walkie-Talkies, neon-green vests and lanyards, and flashlights.
I’m not doing this. I can’t. I don’t know how.
During our training session, my heart pounded so hard that I couldn’t speak.
After we prayed, I raised my hand.”Um. This is way out of my comfort zone. Please fire me. I’ll do anything else but–”
“We aren’t firing anybody.” The man in charge smiled. “I’ll find just the right spot for you.”
Trapped, I hopped on his golf cart, and we zipped to a driveway blocked by cones.
“All you have to do is keep cars from turning in here.” He gave me his umbrella and a couple of bottled waters. Then my father-in-law brought me a chair.
About an hour later, an elderly gentleman asked for help. He had a bad leg and couldn’t keep walking.
I felt God’s fearless love explode inside me.
I knew exactly what to do.
I gave the man my chair, a bottle of cold water, and radioed for a golf cart.
Then something even better happened.
During the fireworks, Katie texted me this picture below and these words:
“Our first Fourth of July together.”
Blinking back happy tears, it hit me.
ONLY when you step out of your comfort zone do you get front row seats.
And God’s standing right there with you.
That’s where the magic happens.
(Katie’s holding her stepdaughter. For more of their story, click here. )
(blog idea came during this sermon, “Fearless, by Miles Welch. ”
Can you relate?
Some of you’ve recently stepped out of your comfort zone. How’s it going?
Are you thinking about doing something a little scary?