It was a minor fender bender. I was slowly backing out of the Wal-Mart parking space when . . . CRUNCH!!
I was in total disbelief! This really can’t be happening to me right now!
But it was.
The teenage girl, who had also backed up the same time I did, got out of her car to assess the damage. I walked up to her to begin exchanging information. She was noticeably panicked at the thought of her father’s reaction once he’d arrive. This only increased the fear in my own heart knowing I would probably have to face him as well.
I remained calm, but only on the outside. I was trying to ease her fears. How much longer can I remain composed? Her dad’s arrival answered that pretty quickly. I went back to my vehicle, slid into the driver’s seat, rolled up my windows, and locked my door. My sister-in-law, who had been with me, was outside greeting the upset father.
Everything was happening much faster than I was able to process. The little girl in me knew I was in trouble. Growing up, we were not allowed to make mistakes. We were not allowed to get into trouble. We were not allowed to be wrong. Ever.
Hot tears of frustration streamed down my face. I felt trapped and felt myself shutting down.
The policeman finally arrived. I wiped away the tears and got out of my vehicle to meet him. He was very kind and gentle. But everything had already taken its toll on me. I was unable to hold it together any longer. I backed myself into a corner and broke down and cried.
Mind you, as I said in the beginning, this was a minor fender bender, at best. So, why the extreme reaction?
The battlefield is in our minds!
The situation evoked unreasonable thoughts and irrational emotions that were not from God. I needlessly suffered the horrible consequences described above, because I embraced the lies rather than immediately rejecting them. As long as we continue believing lies from the enemy, from the world, and from our past – it becomes our reality.
The Bible says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Simply, we are to choose God’s truths over ungodly thoughts, false beliefs, and the enemy’s lies.
But we don’t wait to do so until we are faced with a sudden, unexpected, or stressful situation. The Apostle Paul exhorts us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). The verb, transformed, is the present imperative active; meaning, it involves continuous or repeated action. Our transformation is to be continuous; ongoing.
Spending quality time in the word of God, regularly, is a must. Not just reading it, but thoroughly studying it. Believe His truths!
“For the word of God is living and powerful.”
Allow it to take deep root in your heart. Being grounded in the truth will enable you to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
PRAYER: Gracious, all-loving Father, thank you for showing me where I have erred and the importance of knowing and believing your word. Amen.
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