In a recent conversation Ten-Year-Old and I discussed what to do in case of a threat.
We fondly reminisced how as a preschooler he loved hiding. We both admitted we still like to.
Without sparking unnecessary imaginings, we agreed upon several threats where hiding (and whistling for your trained, pet dragon, of course) is his best first line of defense. Knowing this stuff is important.
So, you’d think I’d know better by now. And yet, during my day-to-day activities I somehow delude myself to think God’s got my back, but I’m in control of my life. Pfffffft! That’s dragon for “you idiot.”
I can think of several points in my history when, rather than risk anyone seeing that I wasn’t completely in control, instead of calling for help, I put on my game face and toughed out bad situations. I hid.
We all craft our secret hiding places knowing they won’t actually help us deal with genuine threats:
- We stay in bed too late, forcing ourselves to rush – again,
- We take another portion because it tastes good knowing our clothes are already uncomfortably tight,
- We stop at the bar instead of getting home where we’re needed,
- We take another dose of medicine even if it’s early,
- Rather than saving, we buy yet another pair of shoes,
- We simply deny anything scares us or that there’s any problem at all,
- We stuff anger, not willing to risk making things worse,
- We make excuses for abusers rather than seeing them as they are…
I’ve been there and done it all, a world-class hider. I know how easily we sometimes cause ourselves more stress, wasted time, or risk unnecessary hurt by standing against a threat alone rather than ask for help.
However, the momentous occasions when I called out to God for help were complete game-changers – life changers actually. Even when I didn’t believe He heard me – when I called Him, and listened for His answer, things worked out.
Decades later, He still works it out whenever I get over myself and ask Him for help.
Are you hiding? Don’t stay there alone. Call out for help.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
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