I think I'm talking to the kids about long division...but maybe, just maybe, I'm talking to me...
He shall strengthen my heart.
I'm telling the kids that they have all the resources necessary: pencils, paper, a knowledge of their multiplication tables and my help at hand. They simply lack courage. They're daunted by the numbers on the page and the memories of past failures. They need need the courage to pick up their pencil and do the first step.
I need to be of good courage and take the first step...in that challenging task, the thing I don't really feel like doing, the phone call I'm not sure I want to make. Resources and abilities, I've got 'em. Help available--He's there, willing and ready. Courage. I just need the courage to take the first step.
He will strengthen my heart.
He will strengthen your heart.
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
blessing them before the watching world.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe...
You heard my cry for mercy and answered my cry for help...
So be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the Lord!
Psalm 31:19-20, 24