In 72 hours, I found myself on the brink of losing everything I loved. Yet, I had this indescribable focus, strength, and Peace. Which is not to say I wasn’t hurting, I was, but I was able to push the pain aside and bring the “doer” in me to the forefront. I believe this is what is referred to as the “Fight or Flight” response in psychobabble. There are a number of physiological and psychological changes that occur in your body when it senses a threat, either physical or emotional. The ever trusty Wikipedia explains it like this: “the initial response (physiological) and subsequent reactions are triggered in an effort to create a boost of energy.” Essentially, the response prepares the body to either fight or flee the threat. All of these are adaptive bodily responses which are designed to keep us alive, and because these responses are important to our survival, they occur quickly and without thought. They are automatic.
I was definitely in survival mode. And while I love the biological sciences, I know there was a Greater Force in me throughout this entire process.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
There you have it. Just like in our physical bodies, my spiritual “fight or flight” was also triggered automatically when I put my hope and trust in God. There was absolutely nothing I could do, but trust in God, or I would have literally lost my mind. But God is faithful, and if you “draw near to him, he will draw near to you.” Don’t ever forget that.