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In the past, I have found myself catching a lot of sharp darts on my face. It seemed like everyone was hitting the bullseye. It was very difficult to stand against the pressure--it hurt a lot too. It would be so easy to just give in, but I knew I wouldn't be able to live with myself later (I have an insanely acute conscience). Usually, none of it was earth shattering sin, either ... just ... against my convictions. What was hardest was the constant battering. One pressure was enough, but consistent, relentless pounding made me exhausted, sore, and bruised.
Am I being dramatic? I guess as you travel down that narrow road that is OH SO UNPOPULAR you're not exactly imbedding your star on the walk of fame. Jesus said that the path was narrow and that we would be hated for His name. Shucks. Really??? Now I can see why people don't race to become die-hard Jesus freaks. It hurts. A lot. Rewarding in the long run, fulfilling and everything we ever needed--but sometime we flinch from the pain and it's tempting to pull away.
Scripture cliches of "be still and know I am God", or "cast all your cares on Him" are ever so true, but sometimes, you still bleed through the Scripture bandages. I guess when it comes to that point when you feel as if you can't take one more dart, you remember Jesus on the cross. Jesus the vine. You attach yourself to Him, the life source, the one that will shoot forth healing balm into your soul. He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it.
I see more darts on the horizons. It's inevitable as a Christ follower. In fact, I'm pretty sure they're soon to become missiles. But I tied on my tennis this morning and I'm going for a jog down that narrow road. It's a little heavy too, 'cause I put on the armor of God and I belted the shield to my back since the darts are determined to hit me. It's coming ... there's no doubt about it ... but Jesus knows and Jesus will take the darts with me. In the meantime, I'm praying for wisdom--LOTS of wisdom.
Have any dart throwers in your life? Need relief? Maybe this is where the family of Christ comes in. Let's hold hands today and pray us through - k? If you need prayer just comment a big "I DO I DO I DO" and suddenly though the road is narrow and few walk it ... we'll see it's not totally empty.
*WINNER OF KRISTA PHILLIPS DEBUT BOOK IS ---- LEE CARVER!!! CONGRATS LEE!