First of all I want to make one thing clear. I am not, nor ever have been a trekkie. I admit to watching Star Trek, setting the video if I'm out, knowing most of the characters and perhaps knowing the occasional Klingon word. But I do not go any further than that! Having got all that clear, I am going use a few trekkie phrases.
- "Shields are down to 40%, Captain."
- "Phasers are off-line."
- "Hull breach in 60 seconds."
We all have tough weeks. If it was one isolated incident, we could probably deal with it and move on. Life isn't like that. Sometimes it is one incident followed by another and another and another. You never seem to have enough time to right yourself before the next wave hits. I woke up one morning, during a week like that, which was part of a month like that. I thought, this is like one of those Star Trek episodes. Shields are down to 40%. You feel somewhat defenceless and open to attack. Phasers are off line. You just don't seem to have the resources to defeat the enemy. Hull breech in 60 seconds. Something feels like it is going to break. Is this the end?
There are one or two episodes where the USS Enterprise does explode into a million little pieces. Just as the enemy is powering up and ready to blast you into a million little pieces, out of the blue, on the starboard side, a Klingon Bird of Prey uncloaks. They promptly dispose of the enemy and you live to fight another day and boldly go to discover strange new worlds and new civilisations!
Elisha's servant must have felt like that. When faced with the King of Aram's great army, he cried out, "What will we do now?" Elisha told him not to be afraid, for their army was bigger. Suddenly God "uncloaked" his army and the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots! Elisha prayed, "Lord, open his eyes and let him see."
It should be the cry from our hearts too. Lord, open our eyes and let us see. Deuteronomy 20:3-4 tells us, "Do not be faint hearted or afraid, or give way to panic before them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you victory."