The rattlesnake weaved out of the grass and onto the road just ten feet in front of me. I inhaled sharply, pulled my dog's leash, and froze.
Seconds later a neighborhood friend drove past in her blue mini-van, noticed me standing there, gape-mouthed, and slammed on her breaks. She backed up and rolled down her window. "That's a rattlesnake!"
"I know! It's a rattlesnake!"
She leaned out of the window and snapped a picture of it with her phone. "You want me to run it over?"
Of course I did. But as I stepped out of the way to make room for her U-turn, I noticed a large black truck behind us turning onto the street. "Wait! Let's ask the guy in this truck."
Sure enough, the truck came around the corner and saw what was happening. The guy rolled down his window and my friend told him about the snake. He put his truck in reverse, and tried to run over the snake. Unfortunately, he barely touched it--enraging the snake, if it's ramrod-straight rattle was any indication.
The woman in the front seat rolled down her window and leaned her head out. "Did we get it?" I shook my head No. Once again, the truck backed up and then moved slowly forward. This time, a firecracker-like pop indicated he'd hit the target. My friend and I grimaced and shuddered as the truck rolled on its merry way.
As I resumed my walk, I couldn't help but think about several hard situations I'm facing right now. Potentially life altering situations. Situations I can't control the outcome of, because they involve human hearts. And God allows human hearts to choose. At moments, it's all I can do to not feel overwhelmed.
Yet sometimes our circumstances are too much for us. Sometimes there is a dangerous snake waiting on the road ahead of us. Yes, as Christian women we pray and believe. And our prayers are powerful. But there are times when we need our Abba Daddy to come rushing to our rescue.
"The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest." Exodus 14:14
Over the past two weeks, God has spoken to me over and over about my part and His part in all that's currently going on in my life. Right now, my part is to stand, resolute, and to hold on to my peace and be at rest in my soul. It's not easy. God is asking me to increase my trust in Him; to allow my faith to grow in spite of how things appear. I don't trust that everything will turn out exactly as I want (totally unrealistic) but rather, that somehow all things will work out for my good, regardless.
God is also asking me to step out of His way, so He can battle for me. God's part is to do battle, for "The Lord is a man of war..." (Exodus 15:3a). Yes, we cooperate with the Holy Spirit and do what He shows us. Right now, He has made it clear that my part is to step out of the way and trust Him. Just as He sent help the moment I spotted the rattlesnake, He will send us help and utterly destroy the enemy.
I don't know what you're up against right now, but I want to ask you one question: Whose battle is it, anyway?
Next Week: How do we "get out of God's way"?
Winner of The Preacher's Bride (randomly chosen) is Laura Chase. Congratulations, Laura! Please send me your snail-mail address so I can send you your new book. And thanks everyone, for sharing your favorite books with me.
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