I have heard it quoted my whole Christian life, “when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will raise up a standard against him,” only to find out that the original Hebrew translation of that verse is something very different. Have you ever experienced a flood? Everything sopping wet and no matter how hard you try you cannot escape its grasp, getting one thing cleaned up only to find another totally ruined. While it may seem complimentary to credit the Lord with being able to stand up against that, the true translation is even better, “When the enemy comes in, (note the proper placement of the comma) like a flood the Lord will raise up a standard against him!” It is the Lord who is like the flood, unstoppable, reaching every knook and cranny, leaving nothing untouched. Now may I ask again, “Have you ever experienced that kind of flood?”
I have. A few days ago it seemed that demons literally landed in our household, and I can only describe what happened as “all hell broke loose” with siblings hotly arguing, throwing obscenities at each other and crescendoing into promises of bodily harm. In all the chaos my son’s dog got loose and tragically got into the road and hit by a car.
You know that moment when all time seems to stop and your brain seems to stop functioning. The horror of that moment was so intense I couldn’t think or speak. Jackie, the dog, is our son’s companion dog, a true God send for him as he heals from deep heart and soul wounds received during his time in Afghanistan.
Suddenly, there was a woman who stopped and simply stated, “I am a vet tech. Get the dog into the car and go up to the such and such animal clinic. They are open till 2.” We all followed her instructions.
The vet said they had to x-ray her to establish the damage, but if her hips or pelvis were damaged we were looking at multiple thousands of dollars (which we don’t have) and putting her down would be our only option. But God…..
While waiting for the results we prayed (or more acurately for me, begged) that God would not allow her to be taken from us, and I stated to my son, “When she comes back in here, she is going to say that it is not as bad as they first thought.”
Well, that was so because when the enemy comes in, like a flood the Lord raises up a standard against him. Not only did the woman appear right at the moment we needed instruction, and fill my heart with resolve that He would move on our behalf and spare Jackie, He did keep her. The vet even said that in this scenario though it was bad, the best thing that could have happened, did happen. Only a bone in her back leg was broken and it was broken in the best way! It should heal quickly. She also added that Jackie was very lucky. Are you kidding me??
I told her I knew she would be fine because we were praying, and were going to continue to pray like crazy for her! I totally expect the vet to marvel when Jackie goes back for her two week check up as to how quickly and how well her leg is healing!