Today's Prompt: Danger
When I turned 60, God told me I was to have Sassy Sixties: Lively, Bold, Audacious, Vibrant, Stylish, and a little bit Feisty. It's four years later, and I'm still working on that.
I am not a thrill seeker. I tend to avoid dangerous or high risks situations. They are way out of my comfort zone. But God doesn't want us to be timid, He often puts His people in dangerous situations.
- God told Abraham to leave home and go where God led him.
- Gideon was only allowed three hundred men into battle against a much larger army.
- Joshua led Israel into battle after battle for the promised land.
- And Jesus sent his best friends out to announce the Kingdom of Heaven was here, knowing it would be dangerous.
“Stay alert. This is hazardous work I’m assigning you. You’re going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don’t call attention to yourselves. Be as shrewd as a snake, inoffensive as a dove." Matthew 10:16 MSG
Jesus, our shepherd, who promised us we would lay down in green pastures, was sending his sheep running through a wolf pack. Picture it in your mind. There is no way a sheep to survive! He was basically telling them He was sending them on a suicide mission.
Then He tells them if they manage to survive, they would probably be arrested, and their friends and family most likely would turn against them. That is some pep talk. Then, He gives them this assurance; it will be well worth it in the end.
Living the delightful life the Lord has planned for us isn't all peace, love, and joy. It is spiritual warfare. It is having enemies put into your path for you to love. It's empathizing with the brokenhearted and feeling the pain of those who aren't healed yet.
I'm okay with standing and fighting when the battle comes to me and mine. But I haven't gotten to the point where I willingly run into danger. After all, that is the sensible and logical, and safe thing to do.
But God doesn't see it that way. What we call logical, sensible, and safe, He calls timid and cowardly. He expects us to trust Him. He is not sending us into danger without purpose or protection. That sheep running through the wolf pack has an army of angels surrounding it. It might look and feel like a suicide mission. But God says, don't rely on your understanding. Go, run, don't quit, and don't cave; just survive. It will be worth it in the end.
Somewhere deep down on the inside of me is a sassy sixties lady.
She is bold, courageous, audacious, and adventurous, and she looks good while doing it. I'm not sure what she will look like at 69, but 64 looks better than 60 did. Kim Clement sang I want to go to the future and bring it back. You're somewhere in the future, and you look much better than you do right now.
"Seeing is NOT believing. You must SEE what you can't believe - perception renews your mind. Once you 'see' the impossible, your words line up." Kim Clement
I wrote this declaration a few years ago to help me see the impossible adventurous lady I'm called to be. I need to dust it off and start declaring it again.
I may never be able to run into danger, but maybe I can walk fast. As long as I follow where He leads, I am assured I will survive and it will be worth it.
Are you one who runs into danger?
**This post is part of the #write28days Challenge, writing and posting EVERY DAY in February