2-Minute Multiplier: Skunk
Stepping outside last night reminded me I live in the country with critters. A definite black-with-white-stripe odor wrapped me up like an invisible fog.
I immediately started looking around. Wondering if he was within spraying distance. (Skunks are always “he’s.”)
Then my mind took me on a fear-journey. What if I got sprayed? How would I get the smell off me? Where would I sleep?
(No way I’d be allowed back in bed for a season. Which probably means in the garage? In a sleeping bag? That would be cold and painful…)
In a matter of seconds, I was an outcast in my workshop worrying about blankets and hard surfaces and going hungry and…
Smells. Sights. Words. Noises. Amazing how many things slingshot us to a Disney World of worry without ever leaving home.
A Bible verse my wife routinely shares with me – it’s her prayer over our family and me – comes from the Old Testament book of Zechariah. Chapter 3 verse 17.
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
For some reason I resonate with the “he will quiet you by his love” promise.
An image of a big burly dad hugging a scared child. Wrapping her in arms as big as her waist. Surrounding her with a heart that would sacrifice itself for her well-being. Whispering simple words that still and calm and fill with courage.
Zechariah’s picture of our Father God speaks of strength and joy. Of compassion and celebration. Boisterous in His expressions of love. Able to back up with action.
The skunk was an imaginary journey over in seconds. Life often takes us on real journeys resulting in garage banishments lasting for years.
Remember your God who is in your midst when you find yourself smelling awful and sleeping on hard cement. Let Him quiet you with His love. With His Son.