The Victory is Ours

Chip praying

    
     My mother used to have a saying, “If you laugh today, you’ll cry tomorrow.” I fought against that pessimistic thinking with every fiber of my being. Verbally, logically, spiritually. One would walk through life with her chin on the ground, fear bound to laugh, to experience any pleasure in life.
     However, as I grew in spiritual knowledge and my relationship with the Lord, I saw some truth in that phrase.  When we experience a victory from the Lord, a time of joy in the Lord, suddenly a target appears on our backs.  The enemy of our souls prepares his attack.  He hones in on vulnerable Christians basking in the sweet taste of victory who have let their guard slip.
     “Be well-balanced–temperate, sober-minded; be vigilant and cautious at all times, for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.” 1Peter 5:8 Amplified 
     A week ago, we laughed and hiked with friends through God’s glorious creation.  We feasted on sweet fellowship, broke bread across a table laden with tasty foods, and created new memories. 
     Perhaps my guard was down. I was basking in the moment. I had let my armor slip.
     This last week, we were hit with trials. Some–minor, one–major. Like an ill wind blowing, the uneasiness crept into our home, whistled through the loose beams, then exploded into an alarming storm on Wednesday night. While ticking on the keys, I heard the laundry room door flung open in horror. A familiar voice screamed up the stairs, “Janis, Janis, Chip has been hit by a car.” Hubby’s fearful voice propelled me down the stairs. The fear multiplied, my own voice shaking as frightening images of our dog lying in the street flashed through my mind.
     I was fear bound instead of faith protected.  I panicked, but forgot to pray.  I ran in helpless circles when Chip, our dog, was nowhere to be found. Our young men  and a faithful neighbor took over, and eventually we had Chip in the back seat of the car on the way to the vet hospital.  There is no 911 for animals. No paramedics to call to the scene.
     On the way to the hospital, I finally began to pray.  Chip was alive, no blood oozing out, just a state of shock setting in on his weak body.
     The Lord was gracious to us, and we tasted His victory once again. After a thorough examination by the veterinary medical staff and X-rays, Chip had no visible injuries or broken bones.  He stayed overnight in the hospital to be re-hydrated due to loss of fluids from the shock and to receive pain medication for the accident.
     Five days later, Chip has improved considerably.  Even his limp seems to be healing with medication. Our hearts are filled with gratitude to the Lord for His mercy and graciousness toward us.  And I’m donning my armor to be prepared for future attacks when I need to stand firmly in the Lord, regardless of the outcome (that’s hard to say).
      As I write this story, I know there are others out there suffering far greater trials than what our family went through this week.  For you who have lost children, spouses, jobs, or homes or who are suffering through illness, I pray that you may taste the Lord’s victory on the other side of your trial.  And may His word encourage and strengthen you through your storm.

     “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13 NIV
   
     Thank you, Lord for this week’s blessings:

     287) for protecting and healing Chip, even as I know others have more serious burdens of illness and loss that they are taking to You
     288) for healing the blisters on my fingers
     289) for a job interview tomorrow for another position at my current school
     290) for peace dwelling in our home once more
     291) for progress with my student at school
     292) for the Christian Writers’ Conference
     293) for Hubby traveling with me to the conference
     294) for faithful friends who lift us in prayer
     295) for the Chili Cook-off at Church today
     296) for rest

Linking up with the Gratitude Community at Ann Voskamp’s Holy Experience

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7 thoughts on “The Victory is Ours

  1. I am thankful that Chip is recovering. I can remember times like that, when I KNEW I should pray, but just froze! Somehow, I believe our precious Holy Spirit prays for us in those moments! Hope all is well now. Bless you.

  2. “Laugh today – cry tomorrow.” That’s true, but not entirely. You might laugh tomorrow, or you could be bored out of your mind. 🙂 I’m glad that Chip is doing well.

  3. ~Amanda, Chip will be so happy that he has a sweet Aunty in Australia that loves him.

    ~Susan, God is truly good. He has blessed us abundantly.

    ~Thoughts for the day, thank you for special thoughts for Chip. He is an awesome dog. A rescue from the Humane Society. Guess the Lord wants to use him for more stories.

    ~Sharon, thank you for all your notes and prayers for Chip. Today, he is doing really well. Came to the door to greet me (the door that leads only to the garage!).
    Thanks for that great reminder of the testing Jesus went through right after His baptism! Perfect example of how we need to be on our guard after a victory!

    From My Heart to Your Hearts~You are all so special,

    Janis

  4. Janis – Now I have a picture of sweet Chip in my mind, and so I am extra-happy that he is healing so well. It’s so true what you say. Just last week, a friend and I were sharing about how the “enemy” seems to attack just when we LEAST expect it – or sometimes RIGHT AFTER a tremendous spiritual victory. I was reminded that immediately after Jesus was baptized, right after God said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy” – THAT WAS WHEN He was led into the wilderness to be tested!!

    We, too, must always be on guard. And Lord, give us the strength to STAND!!

    xoxo to you and Chip!

    GOD BLESS!

    (p.s. Marty is doing a “guest post” on Thursday, in case you’ve got time to wander on over 🙂

  5. Oh I am so GLAD that Chip is ok! My heart was beating fast throughout your story. Tell Chip that Aunty in Australia loves him 😉

    I related to this post, the fear, then the faith kicking in. Thank you for writing so beautifully, and so real.

    God bless you Janis… kisses to Chip.

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