May the complexities that once commandeered our day become the calm that carries our course.
Commandeered. It’s a strong word. It’s commanding in every way (see what I did there?)
It means to take possession or control of something by force. It can also mean to seize, take over or hijack, and as I pondered this season, I have realized that there were certain things which seized, took over and hijacked my days without me giving it a second thought. Things that took possession of my day, by force, and I had activated no defense against it.
Why had I allowed certain complexities to commandeer my day? Why was it so easy for these complexities to hijack and take over, dictating my day, seizing my time and taking my emotional energy as a POW (that’s Prisoner Of War if you’re still tracking)?
I had forgotten for a moment that we are in a “fight”. (Ergo, the combative military jargon, or maybe it’s just because of my childhood dream of becoming a Navy SEAL. They’re super cool and wear all-black. And I look good in black.)
The “411” (briefing prior to one’s mission) the bible gives us, is mentioned in Ephesians and takes no prisoners when it says “Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious.”
(Ephesians 6:12-13 TPT)
Sometimes to bring peace, there needs to be a war.
Sometimes to rise victorious, there needs to be a fight.
Sometimes the “calm” comes only through combat.
And it’s this “calm” that holds the capacity to carry our course.
Who said the calm comes before the storm? Perhaps it comes after? Perhaps we step into the calm because of the storm we just shouldered and the fight we just fought?
Every soldier engages in complexities. The question is, will you allow those complexities to take you hostage? Will you allow it to commandeer your days or will you go into combat for the calm that will carry your course?
Let’s go together. Oorah.