First grade was a turning point in my young life. If given the chance, most children will relentlessly tease tiny, freckled-face redheads. And if you’re a chatterbox, teachers get frustrated with telling you to be quiet, and in the sixties they used paddles to get their point across. First grade was a culture shock and set the stage for twelve years of teasing which, at times, could cross the line to bullying.
Do you feel sorry for me? Don’t. I was a fighter…not with fists, but words. I was too little to take anyone on physically, and many times other children took advantage of this weakness. But I was smart and I could talk. However, many times I wished I had an older brother to come to my rescue.
Fight or flight? In a moment of crisis what do you tend to do? Do you get ready for a fight, fists held high, and jump into the fray…or…do you run as fast as possible for the nearest help?
Fighting comes naturally for me. Mother Bear can rear her frightening head when children are involved or when an injustice is obvious. But I struggle with this tendency. Mom taught us to always be ladylike, it’s a “suthun thang”, and the Word tells us to be controlled by the Spirit, not to fulfill the deeds of the flesh. Balancing being a ladylike Christian and a fighter is not always easy…I’m learning to be a runner.
Yes, I understand we are told to stand firm in the strength of the Lord with our armor on, and I agree wholeheartedly. But I now see we are not told to engage in the fight, but allow the Lord to be our strength. It is His battle. You see, one way you are fighting with your own strength, be it fleshly words or fists, it’s still about you. The other way, running for help first, allows the Lord to do the fighting for you. He will give you the words…His words…spiritual words to deal with the situation. Keep your sword sharp (the word of the Lord) so when the battle comes, you will remember His words of truth and only speak when He has told you what to say.
Do you believe He will fight for you? If you are in Him then you have been given covenant promises, and one of those promises is protection. He is your big brother. He is your friend. He is ready to protect you when the need arises. Do you know you can run to Him for help in the time of need?
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. ~Proverbs 18:10
The battle is the Lord’s and you have all the strength you need in His name. Let Him protect you.
Rejoicing!!! 😆 I have a big brother!!!! 😀 Do you? 😉