"Damsel in Distress"
Sometimes being a christian is harder than we think it ought to be. This candle we carry can become an anvil dragging behind us if we let it. When those burdened feelings try to weigh me down I remember that God has promised to carry them for me. He tells us His yoke is Easy and His burden is light because He wants us to allow Him to carry them for us. Now if you are imagining a man carrying a large bundle on his back as he walks up a steep hill, you and I are on the same page.
Read along with me in Revelation Chapter 12
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While our burdens may seem enormous and unbearably dense to us, they become like feathers in God’s hands. Giving our burdens over to Him doesn’t necessarily mean He is going fix the things we can’t, it means we are choosing to trust is plan no matter the outcome. We are finding a peace in knowing that He is in control and whatever the situation brings, He knew it was coming and He has laid a perfect path ahead of us.
“Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.”
While this damsel may feel distressed and held captive by the dragon, the truth is many times its the uncertainty, the unknown future that frightens me and in all things my God knows what is going on because He planned it. That is where my comfort lies.
As we look at Revelation 12:13-17 we can see that the dragon (Satan) has lost the battle for heaven and is angrily attacking God’s people. He’s desire was to be like God but instead He fell from heaven and seeks to torment those on earth who follow God.
God is protecting His children even if we cannot see it. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This verse reminds us that it is not faith if we have to see it in order to believe it. Then again, the evidence of God is all around us, so knowing He is there is really as simple as opening our eyes. Trusting He is in control isn’t always so easy.
“So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Of course it isn’t wise to simple sigh and say “it’ll all work out,” without putting in any thought or action. What we should do instead is pray for guidance. Sometimes He will show us how to fix the mess we are worrying about, other times He is working behind the scenes to correct it. Either way, we cannot leave on His strength without trusting and communicating with Him. Prayer is where is all begins.
Little sparrows, if we are to become distressed by the things of this world, let us be damsels on our knees praying for God’s perfect will to be done and trusting that He knows what He is doing.