Monday, December 2, 2013

True love, evil villains, and dreaded rodents of unusual size

Fire Swamp

In the 1987 classic film The Princess Bride, Westley and Buttercup are forced to flee into the horrid Fire Swamp to escape the venomous Prince Humperdinck.  Their means of deliverance was to trek through that fearful place, marked by flame spurts, lightning sand, and dreaded rodents of unusual size.

"We'll never survive," Buttercup laments.
"Nonsense," Westley replies. "You're only saying that because no one ever has."

Sometimes life feels like that.

But it doesn't have to remain that way.
God empowers us to see those hard things differently, fear not a dismal position,
           but grasping an opportunity to rely on Him, initiate not a walking away,
           but walking with Him,
                              freely in the midst of it, see not a God-forsaken place,
           but trusting God far beyond my own strength
                              for what only He can do, realize that it is not a time to quit,
           but allowing Him to deepen me
    even through a fearful place.

     show me how to navigate
this tumultuous relationship,
this impossible work situation,
this Fire Swamp
       with rodents of unusual size.
And to know
               that I do not travel alone.
      You are with me.

The difficulty of the task
       reveals not Your absence,
but my need for You.

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
          who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved,
          He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
          will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
          the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not smite you by day,
          nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
          He will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
          your going out
                        and your coming in
    from this time forth
                        and for evermore.

                            Psalm 121

May we go forth abiding in the LORD.
       wasting not our focus or strength
       on phantoms of  fear and anxiety,
but instead,
living impossible lives
                  thick with His grace
                  and dripping with redemption.

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