Sunday, February 15, 2015

OPPOSITE STRATEGIES


Scattered throughout the New Testament, are Jesus' urging His followers to stay awake, alert and to be watchful. With that in mind, I've often thought about 2 Cor 2:11... 


...in order that Satan might not outwit us.  For we are not unaware of his schemes.
 (2 Cor. 2:11 NIV)

Definitions of "schemes" include:  

An underhand plot; A clever and often dishonest plan to do or get something; A systematic plan of action…

I get a little nervous, thinking that our daily enemy is truly, actively, plotting for our ultimate ruin… Some people refuse to believe that there really are forces of evil present and working in this world. For that refusal…it's score 1 for the enemy. He's pretty big on using deception of all forms on the battlefield to his advantage. 

Thankfully for us, 

"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4 NIV) 

Because God is for us, we can lift up our heads and keep trudging along the road-knowing that HIs ever-present help is always available. 

Speaking of tactics, in my life, I've noticed some operational tactics that God appears to be employing, in order to restore me and to foster learning. One thing I've noticed consistently, is a "reversal" of things. 

For example, I went through a period of time where nobody would have thought of me as being "strong-minded"...And yet, now, after the tragedy of my family's deaths, I can't count how many times I've been given the compliment of being "strong-minded" (through Christ of course). Thanks be to God, who treats us as He did the groom-- who ran out of wine in Scripture. We are erroneously praised... while all the time it's been Jesus working behind the scenes…making it happen! What we can be rightfully praised for I feel, is for being willing to take Jesus' hand, and to let Him help us.

For a physical reversal, there's the time my elderly landlord, spryly pushed me around the Mall in my post-hospital wheelchair. She and I laughed at that later on. 

 I've been "used" for reversals, too. More than once, I've had the luck of physically resembling someone's "enemy"…and I ended up doing something to help them of an "above and beyond" measure (according to them).  

Initially scary people, have turned out to be incredibly softy, helper-types that I resonate with. "Grandmas" have turned out to have fascinatingly youthful, imaginative sides. 

 Where there was seemingly nobody around..someone mysteriously arrived and offered comfort to me.  LIke at the gravesite…Or that time my empty dining table chairs-suddenly each held the Spiritual presence of my departed family.

When lost amidst the towering skyscrapers in the heart of heartless downtown Chicago-an office man "happened" to be outside, approached me and kindly gave needed directions. And there was the employee at Butchart Gardens (in Canada), who seemed to vanish the second after seemingly materializing only to tell me where the water fountain was. I was incredibly thirsty, and had only seconds left before my tour bus departed. Not only did I have my thirst quenched, I was given increased reassurance, that God knows our needs...and responds. No matter how far away from "Home"…I LOVE God's tactics! (does happy dance!)



2 comments:

  1. Donna, this post brought me to misty eyed remembrance of the mantra I used as a weapon against Satan in the traumatic beginning of loss. Visions of my son in his state of mind and death would visit me even though I had not been with Brandon at that time. "Greater is He that is in me than he (Satan) that is in the world." God helps me through and never fails me. His strength is seen in me, as well.

    I was completely touched by your family's spiritual presence.....I wish Brandon would be allowed to visit me. God be with us always. Love and Brandon bear hugs. Dale

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  2. Thank you, Dale. I don't know why some have more "visits" than others-mine were much more frequent (and stronger in intensity) early on in my loss. Maybe you will have the opposite-more and stronger visits later on in your journey! It is puzzling, for sure, the variations- with no rhyme or reason for them to be so different! Love to you and hoping for a visitation with you from dear Brandon Bear! Love,Donna

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