First, let me tell you where I am right now in my life. I will tell you this not because I want your sympathy but because someone out there might need to hear this. So don’t feel sorry for me. I don’t. It is what it is. Okay, physically I am a train wreck. I have bursitis in my left hip, bad left knee that will go out at any given moment and sometimes make it difficult for me to walk, lower back pain of which I have no idea why, kinked up neck which was just taken care of by my chiropractor (and when I got home, got out of the truck and looked to my right for whatever reason that I can’t remember now, my neck went out again and I can’t turn my head all the way to the right!), some unknown allergic reaction that has manifested itself as eczema or hives on both hands, rash on my eyelids and what seems to be the return of very painful gastritis which is probably caused by too much stress and having my stomach torn up by continual use of Advil for the other pains. All of this at the same time.
Spiritually, I feel like what Bilbo Baggins said in the Lord of the Rings: “like butter scraped over too much bread.” Oh, I forgot the insomnia which is caused by any one of the painful things listed above or no reason at all. Faced with all this, how does one retain one’s sanity? I haven’t quite figured it out yet. But the usual platitudes don’t work. How many times have you had someone quote scripture to you and it had no meaning at all while you are suffering? Today I thought that there must be something that people who are suffering need besides some pat answer because the other person can’t think of anything better to say. The answer to that came to me as I was half-way through thinking the first thought. In other words I had not yet finished the question in my mind when the answer came. Well guess WHO supplied the answer? He said, “They just want someone to listen to them.” (Wow, He was actually listening to everything I was thinking then as He is now. It was like He was standing over my shoulder. Jesus, that is.)
And it’s true. Oftentimes when you are confiding in someone, they are not listening but formulating their own tales of woe in their minds that they want to talk about. In other words, you feel like what you had to say is meaningless because their tale of woe is worse (or not at all) in their mind. All you wanted was someone who would care enough to listen, not blather on about their own crap. Maybe all you want is someone to just BE THERE!
A lot don’t know how to listen or if they do, they don’t know how to respond or they don’t care. They really don’t know what to do. They haven’t gotten outside their own heads to find out how to respond. Not only is the person suffering need someone to be present and to listen to them but to also respond in an appropriate way that is not idiotic.
Now what does this have to do with spiritual preppers? A lot. Because, unless you’ve been under a rock somewhere, things are getting way worse than ever before. I know I’ve mentioned before about putting on the armor of God but I didn’t say HOW. The most important thing, the one thing that makes all the difference in the world, is direct contact with God. I know this sounds simplistic but He is truly the ONLY one who knows how to respond and no matter what Jobian trial you are going through, He loves you and He is right there with you. He WILL listen to you no matter where you are or in what condition you are in. The contact is so vital and so important that the piece of crap angel, whose throat I want to kick in and whose eyes I want to gouge out, is working overtime to throw up roadblocks. Because the very last thing he wants to see is the battered Christian get up and take up his or her sword and fight back. Because what dwells in us is greater than his sorry backside.
Sometimes we get hit with multiple things that take us down. It’s hard, I know, but you got to, must, keep moving forward…even if it is only in your mind; on your knees. All this means there is a spiritual battle taking place that you cannot see. (In other words, angels are battling over you much the same as in Daniel 10 where the demon was trying to keep the angel from delivery an important message to Daniel and he had to call upon another, the angel Michael, to sort things out.) Same with my son, David, who is suffering so much right now, it’s a miracle he is still with us and I am so grateful for that. But there is a spiritual battle going on around him that he doesn’t see. He keeps moving forward. Today David told me to praise God. To praise God takes us out of ourselves and puts our minds on eternity, which is where it belongs. But sometimes it is hard to do when we’re in a pit. Do it anyway.
It’s important to listen to each other because we need each other. We cannot allow that devil to get a foothold in anyone’s life. Things will get so rough, you’ll get plowed under if you are not prepared.
Don’t allow petty distractions to get in the way of your time with God, no matter what it is. If you have a long to-do list, cut it down because none of it means anything if it stands in the way of your time with God. I don’t care what someone else thinks. Oftentimes people load themselves up just to prove to others that they are doing something of worth, to get someone else’s approval because everyone else is doing it. Well, maybe that’s NOT what God wants you to do. And you realize all too late you’ve been spinning your wheels in the sand.
I think this prepper post has to continue on to part II because I don’t want to make this too long. Plus there are so many facets to this, I can’t cover it all in one post. As for the armor, go to Him. He puts His armor on you. Since when did we ever do anything apart from God?