This is the Day…Thursday
July 22, 2021
The Fight of Your Life
“Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.” (2 Thessalonians 1:4)
Ever been in a fight? I am not talking about a verbal battle or an argument over something trivial where people say ugly things to each other for no reason. I am talking about a real fight. Where there is squealing and scratching and clawing. A physical battle where the victor is only found after the dust settles and one warrior is left standing. A fight to the end! I have only experienced one such fight in my life and I still have the scars to prove it.
When I was about ten years old, I made friends with a stray, tabby cat that made the mistake of crossing through my backyard one morning. Mom did not pay much attention to my new friend until I attempted to take him into the house. Mom and Dad were never big fans of indoor pets so, Mom immediately stopped me as I was walking through the kitchen with my big cat under my coat. I told her I wanted to show my new friend my room and allow him to warm up a bit. Mom agreed to allow the cat to come inside, but only if I gave him a bath.
Now, there are certain things in this world that simply do no go together very well. Such as milk and watermelon, or orange juice and toothpaste. I learned that day that the same is true with cats and water. I filled our bathtub with about a foot of nice, warm water. I got the soap ready, and pulled out some towels. Then I went to retrieve my cat. As soon as the cat saw the water, it was like the bell rang to begin a prize fight. My cat went crazy. He bit, clawed, scratched, squealed, and climbed all over the bathroom. It took me several minutes just to get him into the water.
Once he was submerged, I had to hold him by the nap of his neck and wash him with the other hand. It was a battle to the end. At one point, I felt like I was trying to drown a chainsaw. When the fight was over, I let the cat go and he disappeared for several hours. I am sure he was tired and beat up from the experience. But, if you think he looked bad, you should have seen the other guy in the fight. I was scratched and bloody over both arms, one leg and even on my head.
Some fights in life are silly and simply unnecessary. But then there are some things worth fighting for. We protect our children and grandchildren. We protect our home and our way of life. Those are all worth fighting for. And protecting our relationship with our Lord is the most important battle of our lives.
Sometimes life can feel like we are trying to give a cat a bath. Trials, sorrow, and loss can leave us feeling beaten and bloody. But through our faith we persevere. We face the battles knowing that we are not alone. We stand up to the one who wants to make us feel defeated. It is the fight of your life. And you never fight the battle alone.