Yes, I know, Halloween was yesterday…
A day late, a dollar short – what can I say?!
Many (many, many, many…) years ago, when I was a teenager, I took my little sister and her friend out trick-or-treating.
Well, we didn’t get far before we ran into a group of boys, teenage boys (marauding rabble-rousers) – the kind that are out to cause trouble in the neighborhood. We were scared. I told the girls (and myself) “Don’t make eye contact, don’t say anything, and just walk quickly past them.”
Uh huh – great plan.
At first, the boys just taunted us as they approached. But then they reached into their bags for something. I didn’t know what to expect! Just as we neared them, cans of shaving cream magically appeared.
We were assaulted in a full-on blitz attack!
After the boys passed us by, and just when we thought the worst was over, they began to pelt us with water balloons. That’s when we started to run! All the way home…
We were a mess…
Crying, wet, soapy messes! And the worst part – we had only gone to about four houses before meeting the “Wild Bunch.” We poured out our "sob stories" to my mom.
Then my dad appeared – my dad, all 6’3” tall of him, all 220 pounds of him…
(Side note: Not sure how I ended up at 5’4” and about half that weight – took after mom’s side, I guess – the pygmies…)
You know what my dad said? Get cleaned up, we’re going out again.
So we did just that.
It didn’t take long before we saw those boys off in the distance. We turned to my dad, scared, not quite knowing what to do. He told us to keep walking and not to worry.
The boys got closer…
At some point they realized we were the same girls they had picked on before. Oooo…they thought – second helpings. I turned around – I couldn’t see my dad. Where was he???
They started reaching into their bags…
Then my dad appeared out of the shadows. I’ve never seen faces change like that!!
“Good evening, sir.”
“Good evening, boys.”
“Don’t worry, we’re not going to do anything.”
And my dad simply said, “No, you’re not.”
I will NEVER forget the feeling I had in that moment.
My dad was a HERO!
He protected us, and he shut those boys’ mouths! We felt INVINCIBLE in the presence of my dad.
This is such a great parallel to the way God looks out for us.
He walks along with us during every step of our journey. However, sometimes He might linger in the shadows, and sometimes we might doubt that He’s really there. But the truth of the matter is that He is ALWAYS there, always close by.
He tells us to just keep walking, and don’t worry. He watches over us. He never takes His eye off of us. He protects us.
Our Heavenly Father is a HERO!
We can walk with a spring in our steps, and joy in our hearts. For God has shut the mouth of our “enemy,” and disarmed him of his weapons. We need not fear…
Yes, my friends, we can feel INVINCIBLE in the presence of our Almighty God!
“…I am convinced that NOTHING can EVER separate us from God’s love…the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord…If God is for us, who can EVER be against us?” (From Romans 8)
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