Every Friday after work, the first thing I usually do is get out of my work clothes and into something more comfortable. This friday was the same only…I couldn’t get out of the dress!
Let me explain.
I have short arms and whenever I put on or take off a dress I always have to do this little dance where my hands move from top of the dress to the bottom a couple of times to get the zipper done (or undone). This time, my little dance didn’t work and I just couldn’t reach the zip anymore. So I figured I’d just pull it over my head. Yaba! (Zambian term equivalent to ‘Oh Dear!’). The arms of the dress were tight so here I am, head stuck in a half off dress- home alone (all the more reason to get married me thinks). I started to panic and I soon couldn’t breathe. In my head my only options were die of suffocation or get a scissors and cut myself out.
The scissors didn’t work because my arms were stuck in an upright position (and maybe a little because it was a new dress). And dieing was not an option. In the end, I had to calm myself down and get my breathing to normal and once I’d done this, pull up the dress like my life depended on it.
This experience got me thinking on why us as Christians panic. Had I not panicked, my breathing would have remained stable and dieing of suffocation would not even have crossed my mind. Yes, it was a scary situation but looking back on it, I just needed to have tugged harder to get the dress off the first time.
Why do we panic when God says ‘ For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”- Isaiah 41:13. Why do we conclude a matter when God has not concluded it?
Oftentimes as Christians we go through difficult situations that test our faith and often times we fail. We are quick to say ‘The devil is a liar’ as opposed to doing what we are supposed to do-turning to God, our very present help in time of need. I read recently in a book by Andrew Wommack (You’ve Already Got It) that as Christians we give the devil too much credit for putting us in certain situations and that what this has done is take away from our faith in God. Somehow it has become more believable for the devil to harm us than for God to protect us or perform a miracle in our lives.
What ever happened to the Psalm 23 faith, that says His rod and staff comfort us? Or to the faith of Paul and Silas that gave praise to God causing the prison gates to unlock in Acts 16: 25-26?
Panicking, Fear, Anxiety, these are all natural feelings but God works in the supernatural. The next time you find yourself in such a situation, try giving God thanks and praise and see if He won’t lift you out of it.
Me. Very much alive and praising God.