An Always Present Enemy

Back in the day, years ago, in the hot smothering town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama storms were known to rip through the town heralding lightning, uncontrollable winds, and rains that beat down in torrents leaving the eyes seeing little and the mind thinking the worst.

In one such storm, outside of a bowling alley, me and my sister sat huddled together wet and sticky legged inside a red beetle van with red and white gingham curtains covering the windows that my mom had sewn together with needle and thread. 

Winds shook the sides of the van and the rain pelted the windows and I remember how quiet it was inside that raggedy van as we sat and waited out the storm with bated breath. It was the first time that I could remember where I didn't feel safe. Scared, yes. Afraid of dying? Surprisingly, no.

There were probably casualties, but I was too young to recall.

I guess you could say that storm was the enemy that day.










Back to the present, the minds reminded of what's happening around the world and how I feel as if there's so much that's not known. There's missing information and misaligned facts and rights and lefts and everyone in between are at each others throats and it seems as if no one is listening to the cries that are echoed across the world and in the Word. There's accusations and questioning of faiths and its torment and fear itself at the highest level and wisdom's maybe pushed aside for well wishes and timid humble pies.

Maybe in this world it's hard to believe that anyone could be anyone's enemy. Somehow we like to believe and think the opposite that we're all safe and that simple acts of kindness can cure every evil and ill will.  I'd like to think that, but then those rivers and roads that ran red years and years ago from the blood of fallen victors would be in vain. 

We have enemies. 
America has enemies. 
The Bible has enemies. 

Adam and Eve had the serpent, David had Goliath and King Solomon's soldiers, Moses had Pharaoh, Esther and the Jews had Haman, Samson had the Philistines, and the disciples, for preaching the name of Jesus, had enemies and Jesus has Satan, the always present enemy of all believers until the end.

Safety is something that's only found in the Savior who saves us from so much more than earthly destruction but from an eternal peril as well. That is Christ compassion and maybe that should be the greatest kindness offered to a hurting, fearful, unsafe world and with that the storms will come.


{This post is part of the five minute friday with Kate Motaung. Today's word of choice: safe}

10 comments:

  1. Hallelujah! We are safe in Christ. No matter what. Joining you from FMF.

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    1. Hi Debbie, so true. We are safe no matter what! Thank you for visiting.

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  2. Great post, Bonnie, and you're so right. There really ARE monsters out there, and a hug won't make them go away.

    And Tuscaloosa! nearly took a job there, but illness got too bad and would not have lasted. Loved the town, though.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/02/your-dying-spouse-270-safe-place-fmf.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Andrew..I loved how you said, "There are real monsters out there and a hug won't make them go away." So true! I hope you have a good week.

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  3. Safety in the Savior - the perfect alliteration for my life!

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    1. Thank you, Carol! It's the only place where safety of our souls is guaranteed.

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  4. I love how you looked back to remember the first time you were scared and then brought it to the presence and a focus on God. Great job!

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    1. Amanda, thank you for visiting! Turning everything over to the presence of God!

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  5. THIS: "Safety is something that's only found in the Savior who saves us from so much more than earthly destruction but from an eternal peril as well. That is Christ compassion and maybe that should be the greatest kindness offered to a hurting, fearful, unsafe world and with that the storms will come." I'm in the 62 spot this week.

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    1. Thank you, Tara for stopping by again. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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