“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
2 Kings 6:16 – 17
This Scripture from the book of 2 Kings is one of my favorite Scriptures. It is a great reminder that even though we can’t see that we have an army fighting for us…there is one!
I don’t know about you, but there have been times in my life when I’ve felt overwhelmed by my circumstances. It felt like it was just me, myself, and I against the world. Especially as a teenager when I was a bit of a Drama Queen. I tended to blow everything out of proportion. And I thought no one, and I mean no one, could possibly understand what I was going through.
I had been able to hold myself together up until my Sophomore year in high school. That year my life began to unravel. I was consistently late to school which meant that I was constantly in detention after school. Then I started skipping detention. (I can’t even remember why) The result of my skipping school was that I got expelled from high school.
Of course, I was sure that this was the end of my world. How had I gone from a “normal” 16 year girl who was in Gifted classes to being kicked out of high school? The entire adult population of my High School was against me that’s how. At least that was my dramatic adolescent reasoning for my woes.
I was told that I could re-enter high school for my Junior year. However, in the meantime I had to work if I wasn’t going to be in school every day. I got a job at Rollins College in the Cafeteria. I went from thinking that my life was over to thinking I had the best life ever in the span of a couple of weeks. What teenage girl wouldn’t think that when she was surrounded by rich, cute college guys, right?
I tried going back to high school in my Junior year, but it just didn’t stick. I ended up dropping out during Spring Semester. I continued working at Rollins which was both good and bad. I ended up getting involved with the “wrong” crowd while working there. (Not the college kids, but my co-workers)
I made some really poor decisions when it came to my choice of friends and lifestyle during this time. Dropping out of High School was a pivotal moment in my life that took me down a path that I probably shouldn’t have traveled. However, would I change that moment in my life? No, I would not. Every choice I’ve made in my life has made me the woman I am today. Because God can take all of our junk, recycle it, and use it for good in the long run.
As I look back at this moment in my life -when I thought it was just me against the world – I now realize that I was never alone. I wouldn’t be sitting here typing Healing Thoughts if there hadn’t been an army of horses and chariots of fire surrounding me. Yes, bad things happened to me (some because of my choices and some because of others choices), but I am still here and God has used and will continue to use those times for His good. He uses them every time I write a Healing Thoughts.
If you feel like it is only you against your circumstances, I encourage you to come into the Glennon House for prayer. Allow our Prayer Ministers to stand beside you in prayer for healing. And remember that even though you might not be able to see it – there is a whole army of God surrounding you.