God uses illustrations often times when trying to explain things to me. I hope you won’t find fault with this imagery or method. Here goes…
Friday I wrote about my rising worry, then Sunday came. During a prayer and word about the Lord piercing the darkness, given to our church through a friend, God showed his will for me through pictures.
Be like a dragon.
Fire in the belly.
Scales like armor.
Arrows cannot pierce.
Be like a bug light.
Let my light grow and shine.
Those were my notes to help me remember.
The image of the dragon may stir up some flack, but bear with me. I saw fiery arrows flying through the sky and dropping away harmlessly when they hit the impenetrable scales of the dragon. These two scriptures came to mind:
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.Psalm 91:1-6 (NLT)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.Ephesians 6:10-11 (ESV)
The dragon’s armored scales were not it’s only defense. There is fire in its belly. This next scripture came to mind:
I’m writing to encourage you to fan into a flame and rekindle the fire of the spiritual gift God imparted to you when I laid my hands upon you. For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control.2 Timothy 1:6-7 (TPT)
The next image of the bug light or bug zapper, was similar. Instead of fiery arrows, I saw pesky mosquitoes dive bombing toward me, but God told me to hunker down into my faith and trust him. When I do, my light will grow bright and all my worries will disintegrate just like the pesky mosquitoes. Here was the verse that came to mind:
And you, beloved, are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. Similarly it would be silly to light a lamp and then hide it under a bowl. When someone lights a lamp, she puts it on a table or a desk or a chair, and the light illumines the entire house. You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me , and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it .Matthew 5:14-16 (VOICE)
His instructions were clear to me, don’t give thought to the worries. Hunker down into him, (I’m sorry for repeating this word but it feels good and grounding.) Grow my faith by burrowing into the word, thus growing my light. Take refuge in him and be in awe of what he will do.
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.Nahum 1:7 (ESV)
“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”Psalm 91:14 (MSG)
All of the sudden I have peace. God is amazing!
Grace & Peace,