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Tap the Window

Written on March 10, 2016

In these first months of Iranian-American Pastor Saeed’s release from prison, I am taking special note of things arising out of him as he decompresses from the ordeal. Within the body of what he shared at Liberty University convocation, these quotes emerged:

“Our Lord is above all these things,” Abedini said. “And when you just come on your knees, you can see He is there.”
“When we put ourselves in a situation to love people, God is going to open the door,” he said.
He shared that there is power in faith: “You can see Satan step back when you stand firm in your faith.”
These realizations came with a great price to him, and all beg to be explored by those of us hearing, but the third one exists for this moment.

Though I am not a bird enthusiast in the least, a bird feeder in our yard is in view at breakfast. I am starting to see patterns of bird behavior that are quite interesting. The piercing dark bluish-black of the grackle sweep down in an instant, putting all smaller variety of birds to flight. They come as bullies, swinging the bird feeder by their momentum in landing and pushing off. They take over, no compromise, no sharing. There seems no hope at this point for the smaller birds…BUT, we have made a discovery. In their heavy swarming presence while feasting, the grackle are very flighty, even timid. The slightest tap on the window or even pulling the curtain sends them away in fright as quickly as they came…almost as if they know they are guilty, not supposed to be there, not wanted, and your slightest challenge to them is enough to send them. (They do come back, or their relatives do, shortly.)

On the other hand, when the tap on the window happens, their smaller, colorful fellow varieties of birds come right in and take their place! They are not flighty. Though less robust, they appear very confident to go right where the crows were feeding. They seem to resemble the righteous. The drama seems a visual of Pro 28:28 When the wicked gain control, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.

I have a dearest friend who went through not only the grief of her tiny-framed mother brutally killed by a relative, but the following torment of the Tormenter. To this day, she can share her testimony of finally have a showdown with him on the beach and drew her line in the stand. She was surprised. He whimpered away. She saw cowardice that she did not expect. She came to learn something.

Jam 4:7 So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you.

1Pe 5:9 Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering.

The evil and this present darkness are incalculable. We are not looking to take all this head-on without a call of faith from the Lord to do so. But, we can know with a confidence when the day comes that this all becomes personally toe-to-toe with the one of darkness that we have Him, Jesus the Son of God, Who is unquenchable in us and on our side.

1Jo 4:4 You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

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