Today I am going to write about a serious topic, one that directly affects my own life.
How far would you go in order to feel safe? How far is too far? What is acceptable and what is not?
I do ministry in the darkest, most dangerous area in Tel Aviv; yet I have never felt unsafe while I was there. Mind you, I am usually there during the day, but now that winter is approaching and it’s getting dark earlier, I will be finishing at night.
I have been told by some that I need to carry protection with me…..pepper spray, stun-devices, or even a gun. (As a disclaimer, I DID have a gun while I lived in Africa. Technically it was a gun for animals, but he could have easily done a bit of damage on a person as well. I also wouldn’t even be ALLOWED to carry a gun here.)
I am constantly being reminded of how “it’s not safe for you to be there” or “you shouldn’t be there at all at night“.
I’m not saying that this information is not true. I am NOT going to run out and get a gun….by no means, and no, it is NOT safe there at night; but it does bring up an interesting thought. As a believer in God and His protection on my life, do I forgo any other means of protection and depend fully on Him?
And there it is: DEPEND FULLY ON HIM!!!
Sometimes this is extremely difficult to do, especially when you are faced with having outside options.
But what about using those options as “back-up” just in case??? (These are words that are swirling all around me…not just from others, but from my own head too.
Its easy to say to someone: Depend fully on Him. But when reality hits you in the face as you literally “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” each night coming home, its a tad more challenging.
So please give me your opinion. I’m struggling a bit in this area, and my doubts come not from fear, but from advisement on what I should do. I want to be full of faith in my Father, and at the same time I also want to be full of wisdom as well. What do you think???