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Monday, August 11, 2008

Flight or Fight?

I thought of calling this post "The Great Escape," because when the going got tough I used to get going. When I was faced with a conflict situation, where I felt threatened, I often looked for an escape route.

When things became difficult in our church we tried another one, only to find they had problems of their own. Work was always highly pressured, so it was easy to defer a difficult decision until later and still be seen to be working hard. In relationships, I tended to avoid any clash of opinion or disagreement.

The ultimate was the house move. The situation at home was trying, transport for our children was getting difficult and we seemed to have reached stalemate in our community. We decided therefore, to sell up and move to the next town and make a fresh start. But try as we might, we couldn't make it happen. As our arrangements for sale and purchase kept falling through, I became desperate.

I needed to hear from God. Perhaps there was something we weren't seeing? That's when we realised we would take our problems with us. It would be a different location, but once things had settled down, there would still be the same lessons to learn. It was only after we decided to stay put, that we saw things in a new light and slowly, very slowly, our circumstances began to change, difficulties eased and we saw no reason to move.

So what was I running from? I came to see that it wasn't people or things or even events that I was scared of, but the feelings within myself. I was afraid how I would cope with others' anger or even my own and then there was the fear of failure. Over the years, I faced these ogres with Jesus and began to find freedom, as I saw myself from God's perspective.

It is still a weak area for me and I may still procrastinate from time to time, but I am learning that:

We have a choice to run away or stay and fight.
If we run away we don't grow.
When we take the first step in faith to face the fears/situation/problem, God steps in and we have as good as won.

"David thought to himself, “One of these days I’m going to be swept away by the hand of Saul! There is nothing better for me than to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of searching for me through all the territory of Israel and I will escape from his hand.” 1 Samuel 27:1 New English Translation


  1. Mike said...

    Great thoughts. I guess that's the human reaction, I certainly am prone to that! Sometimes though it's good to walk away but that takes a lot of wisdom. Thanks, I enjoy your posts.

  2. wayfarerjon said...

    Yes, you are right, there are times to walk away. I think it's a question of knowing what God is saying and what our own heart is saying.

  3. Anonymous said...

    Hello my friend I too have the same fear. Do I stay and fight or do I run away. My human nature says to run as fast as you can! But God's word tells me to take everything to Him and let Him work it out. I must admit I struggle with God working it out but I am getting better as well. Beautiful writing my friend. God bless and stay strong in the Word of God.

  4. Channelofhealing said...

    Sir we have to Fight on, am glad we know that running away is not the answer but usually the first option that comes to mind.

    Always lovely to read your posts


  5. Tamela's Place said...

    I believe most of us can relate to the fight or flight. Flight has been our choice many times as well. But i am learning that staying planted is where you will grow in Christ. Your blog is a blessing to me each time i read it. I have you on my blog roll... God bless you!