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Grace P. Cho is a Korean American writer, poet, and speaker. She believes telling our stories can change the world, and desires to elevate women of color’s voices in the publishing industry. Learn more at @gracepcho and gracepcho.com.

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  1. Grace,
    Christ died so that we could walk in freedom. He doesn’t want us allowing fear and lies of the enemy to hold us back. I always wanted the grace before I stepped out in faith, but I’ve learned that the grace and strength of that righteous right hand that holds me, tightens its grip on me the moment I step out of my comfort zone. Then and only then does grace begin. But each time I’ve stepped out, I’ve learned that He is faithful and that builds confidence to step out again and again. Sure fear is there, but His love and grace are stronger. Beautiful post!
    Bev xx

  2. My kids have grown up in the lakes and on the beaches here in Maine, wishing for gills and never once suspecting that their mum is terrified of depth and current. Like you, I’m drawn to the ocean’s beauty and incomprehensible size, but overwhelmed by it, too.
    I am learning that my fear, like the rest of my life, cannot be surrendered all at once with a huge gush, but one drop at a time, by grace.

  3. Loved this so much, blessed assurance Jesus is mine and I am His. Help me want you Jesus, more than anything. Lift us up and help us stand, and when we have done all to stand, to stand therefore! Thank you for posting.

  4. Grace,

    We are not alone in making excuses to God. Moses made many excuses why he couldn’t go before Pharoah. God was gentle & patient with him telling him He would be with him all the way. He knows our fears & apprehensions & promises to be with us all the way. He is looking for people willing to step out in faith & trust Him fully. It takes courage to do the jobs God has assigned us. Take heart He will equip us with everything we need & be there with us. He is our rock & refuge. In Him there is no fear. Let’s all be brave & step out into the wide blue oceans with God. Put fear behind you & go for it!

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Oh Grace, Your words spoke deeply to my heart. I have always felt like you about life. When God called my husband Home two years ago the little hold I thought I had gained on my life felt jerked out of my hand. We began a journey of trust deeper than any I had walked. It involved picking myself and our four children up and moving to another state, following a dream I had long buried and so much more. There are days I feel just like you. That song of safety sings sweetly in my ears and I question everything, even my ability to hear God. But, His Word always puts me back together, reminds me of his faithfulness and invites me even deeper. Thank you for this message, on a day I feel the stormy waters swirling at my feet. I love how God uses his precious people to wash our minds in truth and courage! -Tara

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Tara! I love how God brings the right word at the right time. Praying for you to be anchored to Christ as the waters swirl around you.

  6. I, too, am afraid. Afraid of judgement from family, afraid friends won’t invite me to their homes, and afraid I’m too strict of a mom. I am sad this morning so it was nice to read of oceans. Trusting in God isn’t easy. Thanks for the reminder to go anyway.

    • Yes, it’s not easy. Praying you hear His voice speak truth over you through His Word and through others around you so you can trust even when fears speak loudly.

  7. Grace, I’m with you on almost all of those things. So grateful we can know we’re on the right path even when we have no idea where we’re going. We follow the Way, the same God Abraham followed, and he didn’t have a clue either. And speaking of Lauren Daigle songs, I just listened to You Say last night for the first time—so good! May God help us keep going!

  8. Grace,
    Thank-you for sharing your words. You have so beautifully expressed the mysteriousness of the ocean, and like the mountains, although outstanding, I prefer them with my feet on the ground. There are some things I’ve been able to step out of my comfort zone to overcome but others such as heights I am not. Will I ever, I’ll never know, but I have faith that when I do try (to overcome hard things), God is and will be carrying me every step of the way.
    Have a blessed day all,

  9. Beautiful Grace
    Many years ago I got taken out by a rip tide and nearly drowned. Like you I t’s left me with a nervousness about the unpredictability and vastness of the ocean. But on that day I learned if I had just swim parallel to the shore, letting the rip take me, not fighting it, it would have eventually taken me back to shore. I’m learning it’s the same with the spirit. When he leads us out we’re better off going with it than fighting to get back to the safety of the beach.
    Much love. God’s got you for sure.

  10. Wow – I couldn’t believe I was reading this Word from God – take me deeper Lord!!
    I awoke from a bad dream this morning . I was walking on sidewalk in an unknown town past shops and I veered off to the left across a road and found myself in snow . Taking a few more steps suddenly I started sinking down down deeper into the snow – franticly I tried to scream but no voice and the snow was way above my head – no one around – I panicked and woke up.
    Lying in bed scared I called upon God to take away this scared feeling and then reached for my phone to do my devotion before arising.
    Thankyou Thankyou – for telling me I can walk upon the water for He WILL rescue me!

  11. This speaks to me today as I find myself in a place of uncertainty also. Thank you.

  12. Grace, this is a powerful message, actually about grace 🙂 and God’s lavish love and helping us overcome fear. You wrote it beautifully. I love how God took you to the edge of the ocean–both an overwhelming frightening and overwhelmingly beautiful phenomenon of His creation, and gave you courage and hope. I’ve always loved looking at the ocean from afar, thinking it so majestic, but I don’t swim. I’m afraid for obvious reasons to get into the water. But there have been many things in my life which I have feared irrationally. And I have also doubted God’s love and forgiveness for my deepest sin, my abortion. So twice now, God has intentionally taken me to the ocean for healing and cleansing, and to give me a picture of His boundless love for me, and the depths of His forgiveness and cleansing. I’ve stood at ocean’s edge, letting a low tide wash over my feet, just like Jesus washed Peter’s feet, because though he was saved, not all of him was clean. He had to be forgiven afresh. God forgave me of my compulsive fear and set me free from it a year ago last March as I stood at the sea in Iona Scotland, and let God’s oceanic forgiveness wash over me. And I stood at the ocean in 1997 to receive a picture of God’s fathomless love and forgiveness for my sin of abortion. I wrote the following that day in my journal: “Oh, God! Your grace is fluid, flowing, flooding, unleashed, unlimited, unmeasured, undeserved—a gift bestowed without merit, without cost to me, free. It is a ceilingless sky, a relentless riot of rain, a shoreless, bottomless ocean, there for the taking by the teaspoonful, cupful, bucketful, basinful, whatever amount for whatever need. And, with the taking, no diminishing supply—unending, unfathomable.” Had I not stood at the edge of His ocean, I wouldn’t have experienced His love and cleansing in the same way, because I wouldn’t have had such a powerful visual that God used to prove this truth to me. I pray the ocean will become for you, Grace, such a powerful symbol of His healing from fear, and hope in His love.

    • Wow, Lynn. That was so powerful to read. I love how God has used the ocean to meet you and wash you anew. I pray it will do the same for me as well!

  13. We humans are such contradictions, aren’t we? To see how the Lord is taking your fears and shape-shifting them into something else is beautiful. Gah–and this song…! It’s one I sing with a reluctancy, because I want it to be my honest prayer. The truth is, am I willing to go if/when God leads? Maybe. This piece is lovely, friend. Especially since I’ve seen those images of your littles at the beach, and now know a little more about your desire to follow God…wherever :). Your last paragraph was a gift back to the Lord, it seems, in response to all He gave you that day. <3

  14. Grace, thanks for sharing so transparently. I can relate to much of what you said. It blesses me most to know I’m the only one and to be reminded of the safety of our Father.

  15. Makes me think of the Bethel song…

    Then You crash over me and I’ve lost control but I’m free
    I’m going under, I’m in over my head
    And You crash over me, I’m where You want me to be
    I’m going under, I’m in over my head
    Whether I sink, whether I swim
    Oh it makes no difference when I’m beautifully in over my head