I believe that there are two types of people in the world. There are victims. And there are challengers. It’s all about perception. For example: I guarantee that when most people look at the image above, they will see the legendary myth of King Arthur’s Excalibur lodged in stone. But when I look at this picture, my mind goes a little deeper than that. I see symbols. I see Excalibur representing fear, injustice, pain and whatever else the devil may throw our way. I see the stone symbolizing Him who is our Rock, the One who willingly had His body pierced for our transgressions, the One who laid down His life so that we, the grass underneath, could grow and flourish in the world we inhabit.
So back to my main point. You have people who are Excaliburs, and you have those who are stones. The stones enjoy hosting pity parties, they love feeling sorry for themselves, they resist change. Excaliburs, they threaten the status quo, they fight and they fight hard, they resist being bound by hopelessness. And so they go to war until they pierce through the enemy’s offense. But the stones, they tolerate the blows. They let their wounds fester in hopes that someone will take pity and exert energy trying to remove the sword from their body.
But how can you expect someone or something else to come along and aid in relief when you don’t want it? Why willingly carry around a spirit of defeat? While God doesn’t promise that He will make all of our problems disappear, Excaliburs understand that He is not the cause of them. We as flawed, fallen humans get in our own way and set up obstacles for ourselves. Excaliburs own the part that they play instead of shifting blame. Stones, don’t be incapacitated. That’s exactly what the devil wants.
But also, Excaliburs, it’s not your responsibility to fight all of your battles. There’s a fine line between strength and insanity. Excaliburs, approach the stones in your life with bold confidence in the strength that Christ gives freely. “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” Ephesians 6:10. Stones, remember that you are not helpless nor powerless. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” Isaiah 40:29.
We, believers, will all be pierced in some way shape or form for some reason or another. And we will be pierced often. That just comes with the territory of taking up our cross. However, we have a choice. We can play the blame game, or we can own it. The victory in Christ makes that choice easier for us. We just have to get out of our own way to see it.
So…a stone? Or Excalibur? Which one are you?