When I first met Jon, his near death/destruction experiences drove me crazy. It has never been an uncommon thing for him to call me and immediately spit out the breathless words, "Babe! My life just flashed before my eyes!" (In fact, he just called me from work today and said that very thing.) I would worry about him and constantly tell him to be careful, and constantly remind God (me remind GOD?! haha) to "please watch over him!" Eventually I learned to let go of all my concerns and just trust that God is and always will be faithful to protect my husband.
For clarity's sake, I don't mean that Jon seeks ways to destroy his life; what I mean is (and some of you are not ready for this, but many of you will get my point) Satan seeks ways to destroy him.
Time and time again Jon has told me about how a vicious dog has chased him (he's had to outsmart way too many dogs in the last few years), or how a dog got close enough to bite him but only caught his pant leg... how he's narrowly escaped being pancake-crushed in car accidents.... how he's had various "staring contests" with gangsta thug gentlemen because he's white and
Yet, what I love to tell Jon is this, "Babe, if God didn't have His mighty hand over your life the way that He has all these years, then you would be dead by now."
Jon isn't bold because he's the strongest man on the planet; he's bold because He walks under God's favor, and I like to remind him of that
In fact, ANYONE who walks under God's favor is a fierce warrior. You cannot mess with God's children and get away with it. God will put any and every man/woman/child in check who dares to mess with His kids! It's a fact. You can read about it in the Bible over and over again. God is LOVE and He's also a CONSUMING FIRE.
So, this goes out to all God's warriors: be bold, be fearless, and be humble before the ONE who has His hand of protection over your life.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)