My third born sister also took to these things but later in life closer to college age. She and I are definitely the more hands on, less "prissy", ones. But, she definitely has her "prissy" moments. She tried to hide in her bathroom tub from ... lightning. Yes, I said lightning. Before you say, "Aww, the poor thing!" She was not 6 or 7 years old and scared during a bad thunderstorm. She wasn't even a preteen or teenager. She was about 20 or so, in college, living in her own apartment ladies and gentlemen. I had to stay on the phone with her until she fell asleep that night - in the bathtub.
She has been known to literally run screaming like a two year old from wasps and bees. On one occasion, it was in front of the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama (before she was the first lady, of course). My sister probably had Mrs. Obama wishing she had security detail then by all of the yelping, contortionist moves and gyrations she made on that particular day. And no, before you ask, she is not allergic to their sting.
Needless to say, I would not necessarily characterize her as the type to put up a fight if confronted, not from a stranger anyhow (growing up we had many physical tussles). However, last week that hypothesis was tested.
On her lunch break she decided to go to a store in Rice Village. My fellow Houstonians are familiar with this reference. It's a shopping area covering several blocks in one of Houston's more affluent areas. While there, she was walking down a sidewalk that was a covered corridor and the corridor was divided by pillars. She noticed another young lady coming toward her down the same corridor. Since she was looking for a particular store, she decided to cross over to the other side of the pillars to see if she saw the store she was seeking. She crossed over, spotted the store ahead and proceeded down the corridor.
As she walked, she noticed that the young woman, who had moments before been headed in her direction, had not reached the point where she was, or passed her up yet. A strange feeling overtook her and she stopped. She glanced around and thought to herself, "Is she hiding behind a pillar?" Her immediate thought was to try and "flush" the young woman out. She took one step forward and the young woman came out from behind a pillar, stumbling out in front of her. Upon a closer look at the young woman, it was clear to my sister that she was strung out on drugs. The young woman said, "Oh, excuse me", with her hand in a large bag she was carrying and then she proceeded to fumble around in that bag. Seemingly, she was waiting for my sister to pass her by. These events happened within a matter of seconds and, to my sister, it seemed as if the young woman had tried to bump into her on purpose.
My sister said to herself, "Is this girl about to try and 'jack' me?" So, she decided she needed to take a stand.
Pulling on all that is not prissy within her she said to the young woman, "I am not the one and today is not the day!"
The young woman looked at her bewildered and said, "Huh, what ... ?", looked around and ran off.
My sister stood there a bit stunned at what had just transpired. She looked over her shoulder to see if there were any accomplices and then proceeded to the store where she bought several items - and they were on sale!
As my sister related the story my mind immediately ran to a quote by Dr. Jennifer Johnson that I posted on my Facebook page that reads, "Tell the devil, 'Today is not your day, and tomorrow isn't looking good either!'"
A couple of days later I asked her if she had seen the quote on my page, to which she replied, "I think I have! That may be why I said, what I said!" I pondered the implications of what she said and the effect it had. She drew on something she read, that had a spiritual truth, and applied it to her situation.
How many of us, when confronted with adversity in life, choose to utilize a spiritual truth to that situation? How often do we actually apply scripture that we've read or heard to our lives?
The ultimate example is when Jesus was fasting in the wilderness and the devil tried to tempt Him three different times. Each time, Jesus answered him with scripture. When the devil saw that he was only going to be met with God's word - he had to flee. Afterward, Jesus went and officially started His ministry, that which He was sent to do (Luke 4).
Do you speak God's word, His principle, His truths to unfavorable situations you encounter? Do you stand firm and let the devil know he does not have any authority in your life?
Though she didn't quote scripture, I think we can learn from my sister's experience. She recalled a spiritual truth and let the evil intent know it had no authority over her - that evil intent had to flee. Another scripture comes to mind, "So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7 NLT).
How many of us have been thrown off of God's purpose in our lives because the devil jumped out in front of us and said, "Boo!"? He hadn't even attacked us yet, but the sight of him made us flee, not the other way around!
How many of us have been on our spiritual mission and instead of standing on God's word, we have given up our proverbial purse and resources to the masquerading would be robber?
How many of us could be further along in our walk, in our passion, if we would just boldly declared to the devil on a daily basis, "I am not the one and today is not your day!" My sister was able to continue on to have a good time shopping afterward. She wasn't so shaken by the encounter to allow it to throw her off of her original intent, her primary mission at that time.
I believe we, myself included, allow would be "thieves" to rob far more from us than they have the power or authority to take. We feel that something is awry and succumb to it before it even takes place! Ephesians 6:10 reminds us that we are to put on the full armor of God so we can stand firm against the schemes of the devil! Yet, many of us fail to put that armor on.
Friends, we need to put on that armor and make sure we are standing on God's word. My sister certainly was facing a scheme of the devil which was thankfully thwarted.
As we encounter these schemes on a daily basis let's not allow the enemy to catch us unawares, with no armor and no word to combat him with! Furthermore, when we do boldly face him and stand victoriously after he has fled, let's not be crippled by the incident but go on into our purpose with assurance knowing Whose we are and Who we stand for.
Just Around the Corner,