Have you ever been so broken, so surrendered to God, that you are literally okay if someone you love is taken from you? Yeah, me neither. But that is what God wants from us, wholly surrendered lives. How are we supposed to do that?
Yesterday my husband went deep into the wooded mountains to help a couple of friends retrieve their dirt bikes from a steep ravine (long story). They left bright and early and brought along food, water, ropes, extra clothes, guns (bears and wolves? oh my), chainsaws (horror movie? fallen trees), pulleys, etc. Yet when we wives had not heard from them and dusk was approaching, and they had not brought lights or matches or … Well, the human mind is good at drumming up all sorts of terrifying what-ifs.
I think Satan enjoys it when we falter in our faith and begin to fear. He and his minions wait off-stage for these opportunities and carpe diem! The Bible calls him the ruler of darkness, Ephesians 6:12 (hmm, when do we worry the most?) and the ruler of this world, John 12:31 and 14:30 (and we live here, hello!) and he hates us. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” ~ 1 Peter 5:8
But John reassures us in 1 John 4:4 ~ “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” Hallelujah!
“Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other!”
We are called to walk in the Light- Jesus- and when the Light is there, the darkness flees. If you walk away from the Light source, then yes, you will be in the dark again. So stay with the One who says, “‘I am the light of the world.'” ~ John 9:5
“And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” ~ 1 John 1:5
Thankfully, God took care of our three men yesterday, and they made it out of the woods safely before darkness fell. And I am learning, as I walk with God and grow closer to Him, to trust Him in everything and to turn to the power of His Holy Spirit, because greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. But I still didn’t want to let go of my husband! I am definitely a work in progress, and that is okay, because “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.” ~ Philippians 1:6
Let the work continue!