Fight or Flight
Fight or Flight
by Dawn Wilkie
This week, once again, my survival instincts of fight or flight were activated. I’m sure all of us have trigger mechanisms that send us to our safe place...mine just happens to have been triggered this week and my “safe place” is to come out fighting mad and then run for more peaceful ground.
Without giving her details, I asked my friend/confident/Pastor’s wife to pray for me as I dealt with this fight/flight problem. Would you believe that in email form she laughed at me with a “LOL!”? Then she proceeded to tell me that she was glad I was going through a hard time....because it means that God is refining me. The smiley face she added to that sentence :) looked exactly like her! It’s a good thing I love her so much! She also told me that I needed to give the “fight” to God because He is a better battler than I am, and to resist the “flight” so that God would get the glory. My human fight and flight impulse would only give the devil the victory. Then she gave me this advice and verse (she said it is completely out of context, but a good point), Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so... as in “so what?!” when things are thrown into our path to discourage us just say, “SO WHAT?!” Just play hot potato with it and throw it up to the Lord! Dwelling on it, just like holding that hot potato, will only burn you. It won’t solve the problem.
Exodus 14:14 says, The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
I Timothy 6:12 says, Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. Don’t lose your testimony by fighting a fight that God doesn’t intend for you to fight!
My human “flight” response wants to say like David did in Psalm 55:7 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. David was having issues with those who should have been closest to him at this time. It always amazes me that my deepest hurts usually come from those who are closest to me. I kind of get a giggle out of reading Psalm 55 because David starts out in “fight” mode too; then he hits the “flight” mode in verse 7; and finally by the end of the chapter he can give it to the Lord and says in verse 18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. In verse 22 he tells us, Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
I love Psalm 55:23, the last verse of this chapter of David’s rant about his people problem..... Just like me he still has a little fight left in him, but he ends with ...but I will trust in thee.