Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 MSG
Just recently in my own backyard to speak, a 20 year girl was enjoying her daily run. A routine she had found herself in to become more fit. Though she struggles with asthma she still pushes herself to become more active. So this was just an ordinary run. An ordinary day. A quick run before a night of work which laid before her. Ordinary until an attacker appeared in the bushes behind her.
He came from behind and tried to grab her, however upon contact she elbowed him in the ribs and broke free. After he struck her across the face leaving a scratch and a bruise, she ran as fast as she could to the safety of her car and drove away. Moments later I received a phone call, “Mom before you freak out, I am okay.”
No mother wants to hear what happened next to their little girl. Yes I know she is 20 now and on her own but still. As she unfolded the events that just happened to her I was glad to here she was okay. Since this event she has met with police officers and sketch artists and seen a line up. I pray this person is caught and that no one else’s little girl has to go such a trauma.
Now that you know my daughter is okay let me share why I am blogging on this subject because it all boils down to perfect peace. As I began to share the news about the incident, people were asking me all sorts of questions such as: Why are you not more upset? Don’t you want revenge on this guy? Why are you not worried? What are you going to do about this?
To be honest, it did not hit me until about two days later the list of things which COULD have happened: murder, rape, abduction….a multitude of terrible things could have happened in that one 30 second encounter. So why was I at such peace? Because after years and years of walking on the edge of things, I am now centered in the heart of God and He promises to watch over me and my family. I now can walk in perfect peace knowing God took care of my daughter that ordinary day and He will continue to do so.
Fear is not of God. Fear is something we create in our minds when we do not have the full understanding of Who God is. I am ever so thankful God spared my daughter from any further harm that day and I know He will give her the strength she needs to face this enemy. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt my God watches like a hawk seeking to protect His children from harm.
“Fellow Israelites, listen carefully to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man thoroughly accredited by God to you—the miracles and wonders and signs that God did through him are common knowledge—this Jesus, following the deliberate and well-thought-out plan of God, was betrayed by men who took the law into their own hands, and was handed over to you. And you pinned him to a cross and killed him. But God untied the death ropes and raised him up. Death was no match for him. David said it all: I saw God before me for all time. Nothing can shake me; he’s right by my side. I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope. I know you’ll never dump me in Hades; I’ll never even smell the stench of death. You’ve got my feet on the life-path, with your face shining sun-joy all around.
Do you know that every step you take, it takes you somewhere? I know that sounds silly, but it’s truth. Every step we take brings us closer to something, unless you are headed in the wrong direction of course. This speaks to us not only in the physical realm but also the spiritual. Recently my husband and I have been seeing Morning Doves in strange places but they always seemed to be at the right time and place during out journeys. Today we looked at the meaning of doves and we were enlighted to find that they symbolize hope, peace and love. Now in the last hour we have seen two hawks just sitting in places and we felt compelled to seek out their meaning…messenger, protector and visionary.
Wow! God speaks to us in so many ways! He seems to be saying that we are headed in the right direction and with the right purpose. Coupled with the symbolism of the hawk is that we are to be aware of our surroundings. Hmmm…..as we are driving north out of an area of rain, the clouds are breaking and the sun is coming out, making the vibrant oranges and reds of the leaves just pop! I am very aware that God’s beauty is surrounding us constantly!
My husband and I are ready to move with God. We are willing to do what it takes to move to the next level. We know the road may be tough at times, but we are well aware that God will direct us and send us confirmation along the way. We are ready for the tests and trials. We are ready for the closed doors and the victories. We are moving ahead step by step towards being true overcomers. We both have faced some things in life which were not pleasant and painful. We have hurt people in the process and have healed hearts. We have portrayed God in situations and also have been misrepresentations. We are willing to admit we are not perfect in way shape or form.
We as Christians need to take the good and the bad, mix them together and paint a portrait. We need to come to the understanding that we live by the grace of God and there is nothing else attached to that. We were created because He loved us. That’s it. Made to love. Made to communicate. Made to create relationships. Born to bring others into the Kingdom of God. Let’s start taking those steps. One foot in front of the other. Everyday getting closer to His glory. Are you ready for the journey?