If I had wings like a dove, (repeat)
I would fly , fly away, flyyyy…awayyy and beeee… at rest.
Remember it? That song?
It came to mind after a tough old week in the Kingdom, fending off attacks, trying to manoeuvre and keep my head above the parapet. Trying to keep my integrity and self respect. I could have let rip … but for the grace.
I woke this morning musing, pummelling my pillows and duvetting – trying to get comfortable and to enjoy my rest, when a word came across the screen: ‘it’s someone else’s war’
I had been flicking through movie titles seeking escapism, seeking something edifying to watch – I remembered I had brought ‘Escape from Warsaw’ about Nazi Germany and a Jewish child trying to escape. This would fit with my mood. The trailers were rolling and then a title jumped across the screen “it’s someone else’s war”.
I reached for my scribes pen and listened with my spiritual ears , to what the Lord wanted to say. Not that I needed to be told why I’m under attack. I know , but the title spoke to me as if to comfort and more came.
The Lord is saying , its not about me or you per se, it’s about something much bigger – the fight between light and darkness , good and evil, which has been going on for a millennia.
The whole world is in chaos(see my other piece A War On Words written the day before). If we stand for Truth and Mercy, there are going to be callous, mean spirited people who will seek to try to face off, confront us or oppose us; but the battle is not ours , it’s the Lord’s.
The Holy Spirit brought back to my remembrance the scripture I have learned so very well over the years. The word says:
‘Our fight is not against flesh and blood (those people we know with names who hurt or disrespect us), but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, (the unseen forces that control them), against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12-13 .
The fight is on many levels.
It’s not what we have said or done. It is who we represent that rankles them and our pain affects God too and makes Him cry.
He says and is saying : Woe unto those who call good evil and evil good. Woe unto those who hurt one of these little ones . He is not wanting us to attack with our own strength or retaliate but to remain in a state of grace. We remain childlike ie as if we can’t fight back, as if we don’t perceive or see the sleight. Tough?.. I know.
I’m a lover of King James, but The Message Bible puts it best and like this with my emphasis added in brackets :
For us it instructs
“….when (they) receive the childlike on (His) account, it’s the same as if they were receiving Him. (Matthew 18 :5).
When they malign or hurt us, it is as if they are maligning and hurting Him.
For our enemies (and the world) it warns
‘….if you (world,wicked, evil one, representative of the darkness) give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time!
There’s a war going on…!! but It’s His! He chose Us to fight with Him and we chose Him!! He will avenge us in His own time and when our own obedience is complete.
We are the apple of His eye and Eureka … we are on the winning side.
Evangelist & Scribe Linda J CH
September 2017 in the year of our Lord