After a sudden and absurd onset of completely unnecessary road rage that was directed at me Thursday afternoon, I realized how important it is to remain on guard against Satan’s endeavor to rob us blind when we least expect it. The incident left me feeling angry, defeated, judgmental against mankind, and sorry for myself – after a beautiful Bible study session, no less. I sat there in my kitchen crying at my reflection in the window, wondering how someone could be so cruel to me when I am in such a fragile state. I wondered why I was in this “stupid situation” to begin with, which has me so on edge and so overly-sensitive. “If they only knew…,” I thought. I tried asking God for help, but I think He was just waiting for me to get proper perspective on it before He instantly dried my tears. It was exactly then that I got a text message from one of my sweet Bible study friends, simply asking me when my due date was. Funny, I had just thought of her, and how I’d like to talk to her, and there she was texting me. After answering her question, I texted back that I really needed prayer right now and went on to explain the situation. I ended up on the phone with her as she prayed over me and calmed me down. God definitely used her yesterday afternoon to minister to me. Later that evening she sent a text to check on me that read, “I was thinking that satan really wanted to do a number on you through that guy and distract you from this morning’s message – call it for what it is and claim victory over satan’s attempt to bring you down and feel discouraged!! There is a huge spiritual warfare going on right now.” After she pointed this out to me, it was so blatantly obvious that I can’t believe I didn’t recognize it!!
“Some people are like seed along the path where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.” – Mark 4:15 NIV
It wasn’t even a covert breeze that came along, blustering away everything I KNEW to be true. It was a brazen and malevolent heist of joy that had just been sown in me at Bible study. I can recognize it for what it is in hindsight, but how better off I’d have been to have known it in the moment. I definitely would not have responded back with the same hatred that I was being impaled with.
“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” – Mark 4:20 NIV
So maybe the quality of my soil isn’t quite everything I thought it was, especially right now. All the more reason to take special care and to be on guard in these fragile times. Satan has no sympathy for anyone!
“His children are far from safety,
crushed in court without a defender. The hungry consume his harvest,
taking it even from among thorns,
and the thirsty pant after his wealth. For hardship does not spring from the soil,
nor does trouble sprout from the ground. Yet man is born to trouble
as surely as sparks fly upward. “But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
I would lay my cause before him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted. He provides rain for the earth;
he sends water on the countryside. The lowly he sets on high,
and those who mourn are lifted to safety. He thwarts the plans of the crafty,
so that their hands achieve no success. He catches the wise in their craftiness,
and the schemes of the wily are swept away. Darkness comes upon them in the daytime;
at noon they grope as in the night. He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth;
he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the poor have hope,
and injustice shuts its mouth. “Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” – Job 5:4-17 NIV