“The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
That’s what Moses told the Israelites just before they crossed the Red Sea. But who can be still when there’s a fight coming? Aren’t you supposed to rise up and fight back? Is it true that anything worth having is worth fighting for? And oh, the rush of adrenaline that comes from knowing you’re right and having the chance to press your point to a worthy opponent! And I like to win.
I know when the “girl drama” is going on with one of my daughters and I advise her to walk away from it, I may as well tell her to flap her arms and fly to the moon. Neither of those is likely to happen. We want to engage and advance our side of the argument, don’t we? Don’t we deserve to be heard? We can’t be seen as surrendering! In case you’re wondering, “girl drama” doesn’t end when the girl grows up. I’m sure you’ve seen it yourself. It may as well be a fight even if the weapons used are words and manipulation instead of punches and kicks.
But then there are the times when it seems like a battle to even get out of bed and face the day. Or my kids decide to be difficult, or someone has done or said something that offended me or hurt my feelings. Nothing, nothing is going my way. On those days when every. single. thing feels like a fight and I’m perpetually on the losing end, surrendering still feels like winning somehow. It’s my choice and I’m choosing to walk away from the fray. I’m stepping away and being still. I’m letting the Lord fight for me because I just don’t have the fight left within me anymore.
What about you? Do you engage when a fight shows up at your door, or do you walk away?
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