In our walk through life, we are going to encounter troubled times. It's a guarantee - Jesus said we would. Sometimes those are like dry seasons that seem to have no end. Every Monday we wake up to a new week ahead with a glimmer of hope that we might see some relief from our drought. And then by Wednesday we are fairly aware we are still in the desert.
What are we to do in these times that seem to be a never ending dry season of life? Do we give up, hang up our hat and wave the white towel? Sometimes, I'll admit it's very tempting. We think through our what-ifs of life and start mentally traveling down a different road. We all have a fight or flight response in us. When we are in the middle of these dry seasons of life one of the two responses will be activated. I realized within myself I am very much a flight person.
It gets hard and my natural response is to high tail it out of there. I had always considered myself a fighter. I've encountered a lot in my lifetime that has made me a little rough on the outside. I have in some cases literally "fought my way through life." However, for whatever reason I don't fight, I flee. If I get hurt in relationships - I cut people out. If I get frustrated at a job - I quit. In my marriage - there's the silent treatment (which is also a flight response).
All of these responses are natural to the un-renewed parts of my mind. I believe we are supposed to have the opposite response, we are supposed to fight. It doesn't always look like what we think it does. Our fight does not have to be aggressive where we scrunch our face and white knuckle through. Sometimes the fight is quiet and calm. The fight is standing right where you know you're supposed to be.
It doesn't have to mean everyone you know is aware of what you're facing. It's not necessary to blast it on Facebook. It's the quiet, peaceful fight in the middle of the storm or the dry season. The fight in which we give up our urge to flee and stand strong in what we know the Lord has asked us to do. Scripture tells us in Psalm 46 that He is with us during it all - He is our refuge.
Take great comfort in knowing that the God who knew you before you were born has an answer. An end to the dry season and an answer in the storm. He knew it was coming and He's walking beside you hand in hand as you grow through the season. We've all heard it before, God is more interested in us growing through our journey than the actual destination.
Now is the time to stand. If all you've ever done before is flee - this time fight.
Psalm 46 NIV
1. God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3. though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
4. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5. God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7. The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8. Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11. The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.