Monday, February 27, 2006

Double-Edged Sword

Lesson learned: blog posts about chapters from the book of Numbers don't get comments.

Heathens.

Well, today I sat in on a lecture on spiritual warfare by Mariette Louw. Let me draw you a picture of this fine woman. She reminds me a little of Ursula, the sea witch from The Little Mermaid...but only in form and voice. She has a rich South African accent (somehow scripture sounds better with rolled "r"s), a booming, surround-sound voice, and is the dearest women...but she scares the crap out of me. She teaches students about the Word of the Lord being a double-edged sword, but I've never been so aware of its double-edgedness as when I'm sitting mere feet away from Mariette. I kind of feel like I'm going to get my head hacked off. And I love it.

I was sitting at the back of the classroom, behind the DTS students, when she invited me to sit closer.

"Do you like sitting back there?" she stopped the lecture to ask me.
"No, it's fine, actually...it's just...I'm a visitor..." I stammered, kind of freaked out that my thinly applied nonchalance wasn't working.
"Well, come up here then."
I started towards a seat in the second row when she pointed out a seat in the front row. Front row, center. She added, "But it takes those with special courage to sit in the front row."
So I sat in the front row.
"I know your face," she peered at me.
"Um, yes, from six years ago. You spoke on my DTS."
"Ah. I thought I recognized you."

Great. Impeccable spiritual discernment and a razor-sharp memory. I just hope she doesn't remember the punk I was at 19. Or discern the punk that I am now. Or at least have grace for either/or/both.
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure."
Helen Keller
I am filled with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
I live a life worthy of the Lord and will please Him in every way.
I bear fruit in every good work.
I am growing in the knowledge of God.
I am strengthened with all power according to His glorious might.
I have great endurance and patience.
I joyfully give thanks to the Father.
I have been qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints of the kingdom of light.

(Colossians 1:9-12 with spiritual authority added, a la Mariette...changes things, doesn't it?)

4 comments:

Andrew G said...

woot! sarah, don't kid yourself; you're one of those firey women of God too!!

Sarah-Aubrey said...

Encouragement I can use! Thanks. Actually, today, after having battled some spirits of intimidation last night, I see Mariette as she is and had no fear of her during lecture.

BRING IT ON!

snoopy said...

wow... i never imagined what it would be like to meet a real life type ursula person...



"I bear fruit in every good work.
I am growing in the knowledge of God.
I am strengthened with all power according to His glorious might.
I have great endurance and patience."

♥ that part.. thanks for sharing =D

A.J. said...

Sweet Sarah you are a lioness of a woman... you can take her, ursula or no! (I do know it's not the point to mud wrestle her to the ground or anything but it's an amusing visual no?)