“Running head down, the herds only thought is escape… A stroke of luck for the wolves.”
Running in fear of things can hurt those around us. We are not called to fear the things of this world. It is a challenge because the things of this world are pretty doggone scary. Death, disease, hatred, wars, prejudice, greed, violence of all types have a pretty mean bark and bite.
Running in fear, however, causes us to loose sight of our brothers and sisters that are suffering all around us. How can we keep from running scared?
Paul writes, “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:31, 38-39.
This means that we do not have to be a church of bison.
Living in the confidence of God’s enduring presence can help us when all we want to do is run and hide. It allows us to hold our heads high and look for those that need help in times of trouble. And because of this confidence, we can be a church of turtles.
Difficult times will find us. They may even upset us and knock us on our backs. We can help our brothers and sisters out of these situations if we realize that many times we are the answer to our friends prayer in these times.
So, bison or turtles? I pick turtles. How about you?