When I took the trash out, I noticed some movement near my Jeep. A couple of guys were looking for a free radio. I went back in the door and grabbed the first thing I saw, a large bread knife, and walked back out to the parking lot.
Now, I don’t know what would have happened if they would have seen the knife. If they had no weapon, I am pretty sure the long blade would have provoked the two of them to break my skull.
If they did have a weapon, I’m sure it would have trumped a bread knife. I wasn’t really thinking about all of that at the time, just how, maybe, I should put locking doors on my Jeep.
I confronted the two hooligans and never pulled out the knife. When I walked up behind the two, they did not notice me, so I said, “Whatcha looking for?” They were in their car before I was finished with the sentence.
Presence is a powerful enough weapon.
We all choose our weapons. What we use to fight for breathing room in this place. What weapon will you fight with today? Will it be something as important as your presence or as insignificant as a bread knife?
When you see someone hurting in your neighbor’s house, what weapon will you choose to fight the sadness?
When disease breaks your sister, what weapon will you choose to restore hope?
When there are no answers and all questions, what weapon will you choose in the silence?
There are those that would say God’s weapon of choice is love, but I don’t think so. I think it is presence. God changed the world by being here. Jesus was called Emmanuel = God with us. God uses His presence to prove His love.
You can prove your love today as well. You can prove God’s love.
27 years ago God told me that He loves me. He used this verse: Matthew 28:20 – “…I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” That verse has made me the person I am today.
God’s presence – with it, He battles for my heart. He fights for you today as well.