I recently came across the word Hayah in a Bible study and then again at a women’s event I attended. When the Lord shows you something multiple times, it’s good to get curious, do a little digging, and see what He may want to teach you.
Hayah is the Hebrew word meaning to arise, to come to life, to become, to restore to life, to nurture. It is an action verb.
For some time now, the Lord has been encouraging me to be more courageous. To take a step out of my little box that’s comfortable and safe. My tendency is to stay in the background. To play a quieter supporting role. That’s my comfort zone. But I have felt challenged to confront my own limiting thoughts. To consider where I might be closing a door that He has opened for me. I don’t want to miss out on the good things the Lord has for me.
So, as I’ve thought about Hayah and “rising up” in my own life, I have to tell you, it has caused some fears. What will the Lord ask of me? Are there things in my life He will ask me to give up? Am I capable of doing what He asks? Will I do a good job? I have wrestled with both doubts and fears. Ultimately, I’ve had to remind myself of a few Biblical Truths, multiple times. Here are a few things I know about the Lord:
He is trustworthy.
He is my Strength.
He has good things planned for me.
And there are so many great verses in the Bible calling us to be courageous, not fearful (and rise up!). Here are a few to get you started:
Ezra 10:4 Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.
So, I am working to rise up and become the person God has called me to be. I am asking Him to transform me – to make me more brave, loving, kind, generous and wise. I know this is a process. It won’t happen overnight. I know there will be times when I falter and miss the mark. But I also know we serve a God of second chances. And He’s not done with me yet. Philippians 1:6 says this: and I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. How encouraging is that!? He will complete the work He’s begun in me and in you!
Lastly, I am seeking to rise up by listening for His voice and what He has called me to do. Maybe this is volunteering at the local food pantry, hosting or joining a Bible study, serving your neighbor by shoveling their snow, or donating your time or talents in another way. To know what He's asking us to do, we have to spend time listening to Him. I encourage you to take time to ask Him some of the following questions and see what He has for you.
Lord, what do you have for me right now?
What doors are you opening for me to walk through?
How can I be obedient to you, Lord? To be courageous and rise up?