Fight or Flight

by Gina Franklin


2 Thessalonians 3:2-5

New International Version (NIV)

"And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance."

I have recently battled overwhelming personal emotions. Those of you who are in my life know that I am not really comfortable with those types of battles. I like to reason through circumstances and situations. I like to look for solutions to problems; not act or rather react, through my emotions. I hate to cry in front of people. This can be a strength and a weakness.

I have come to realize recently that God is doing a deeper work within me. He is challenging me to accept my emotions and to bring them before Him. To learn not to fear them, and hide from them; but not to be ruled by my emotions either. One of the lessons I have learned in the past 10 years is that I like to isolate when I am hurting. So that I can give in to the emotions with out fear of an audience. The problem with this is that I will also isolate from God, if I am not careful. Almost like a turtle, I will crawl within the depths of my self and process, attempt to problem solve, or look for the quickest escape route away from the pain.

Here is the reality of a relationship with God; you and I are not meant to carry those burdens. We may need to isolate; but only to get away with God, not from God, because He is the only one with the real answers to the solution. Psalm 55:22 "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken."

As I have recently been faced with some painful realities, once again, I have had a choice in how I will respond. Naturally I fight the need for flight. But I was so encouraged by the timely words spoken to us by some friends that are in our lives; and then again from the passage of scripture that I posted above. ("We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.")I believe that God will direct my heart and He will supply me with Christ's perseverance.

As you grow at your own pace with God, and are faced with your own personal realities; please know that you are always better of clinging to God, even if you don't understand His ways; than you will be if you head off in your own direction. Remember you and I choose how we will handle life situations, that arise. We are not meant to carry the burden. He wants us to trust Him with those emotions and He cares. Isolation with God is a beautiful thing; but isolation from God is a detriment that will have consequences.

Life Is Beautiful!