#WCW – In the Clutch
14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
I’m not your average foo-foo girl. Though I love being in the mani/pedi chair and I could kill for all shades of pink lip gloss, I also love plopping down on the couch with some good old comfort food watching my go to team catch a win in the clutch—catching that once in a lifetime glimpse of my favorite all-star pull off the impossible in the most critical moment of the game. Lately I’ve been experiencing these clutch wins in my personal life, except I’m not the all-star and most definitely not the one pulling off the win.
This morning, during my early morning devotion, I sat searching my heart and digging through the many mental sticky notes in my mind trying to find the perfect words or passage to describe my all-star and express His contributions to my many recent and past wins. As usual, tunes play a vital role in my devotion process.
The perfect song popped up on my playlist and in just one chorus guided me in the right direction. “Made A Way” by Travis Greene set the tone this morning. It reminded me of a passage in 2 Kings 6 when the kind of Syria sought to set siege and destroy Israel, but each time he set up a plan to destroy Israel Elisha stepped in with a word from the Lord to foil it. Of course the king had no idea who was hindering his plans, so he called all of his servants together and questioned their loyalty to him. No one failed. However, the secret to Israel figuring the king, Elisha, was uncovered. Angry, the king decided to snuff out Elisha. He sent a great host of horses and chariots—his best and finest fighters, to sneak up on him in the night hour. They surrounded the entire city where Elisha abode. The next morning Elisha’s servant woke up and saw the host and went into sheer panic. Elisha didn’t flinch. In common vernacular, he said, “Look, chill man. Be cool. We’re covered. Check it out.” He directed his servants attention to the hills from whence normally came his help. And there they were, the army of the Lord poised fearlessly, blazing with fire and ready to come in for the clutch.
Just think for a moment. How many times, out of complete left field, have trials, tribulations, attacks, hard times, and whatever else you want to call them, bombarded you when you’ve least expected it? I can count decades worth. Sheesh! Now ponder the exact moments when you were about to buckle to defeat, and what seemed like a miracle coming from out of nowhere, God stepped right in and said, “Excuse me a moment. I got this. Chill”. Yeah, I know. I just made God sound like the coolest dude ever. But He is. And that’s how He operates. He longs to be our All Star. Just as He enjoys our praise, He loves it when we cry to Him to be rescued so He can swoop right in and save the day.
So, if you’re standing in the midst of an impossible situation, relax, open your eyes, and pass the handle to your All-Star. He’s clutch.