“Take courage. I have overcome the world”
In the movie “Mean Girls” prom queen Regina George leads a pack of… well… mean girls who inflict havoc upon their high school inferiors. The ballet world has mean girls, too. Mean girls in ballet land have been known to pour crushed glass into their rivals’ pointe shoes.
If you are a ballerina and you discover shards in your shoes, you know you have an enemy. If you are Rebekah, you could be wondering ‘why would someone do that’? More on this later.
Twenty-four years ago I married a girl who loved to create and design clothes. Bringing designs to life requires some stitching and so we built a sewing room in the basement complete with bright colors and a place to hang ribbons. The star of the room, of course, is the sewing machine. Our four mostly grown children benefitted greatly over the years from the labor of the Viking, its cousin Bernina, and their ancestors.
On the wall in front of the machines, Kelle hung a sign that says “FREE” and “ALIVE IN CHRIST” – words of inspiration on a stretched canvas that speak to her while she brings ideas to life. As much as Kelle likes to sew, Kelle hates snakes, which makes it all the more ironic that when the four foot snake got sealed in our basement, it slithered down the wall and knocked “FREE” and “ALIVE” off its hangers.
That was before Bulebird left for Panama – which brings us back to the pointe shoes.
Those of you who follow Bluebird uncaged know that this year has been a fantastic ride. Bluebird exists to bring hope and dignity through dance. In August, Rebekah and three Bluebird dancers toured Panama and shined the light of Jesus into the opportunities the Lord provided them. Most recently, Bluebird finished filming the White Umbrella, a cinematic dance trilogy produced to raise awareness for human trafficking.
Kelle and Rebekah are the heartbeat of Bluebird: uncaged. Many of you know this.
What you may not know is that the evening of our anniversary on August 25, Rebekah was robbed. The thief made off with her newly acquired laptop.
Several hours later, at 4:30 AM, Rebekah was robbed again while she was in her apartment. Apparently, the thief forgot the power cord. Both times, the intruder entered through a locked door.
So, we had an internal deadbolt installed.
Two days later, Rebekah was robbed again. This time the thief smashed a window to enter, then located and stole another laptop.
So, we moved the kids out of the apartment. End of story, right? Wrong.
On September 9, Rebekah was robbed again! Rebekah returned from lunch at Lenox to find her car window had been smashed. The perp made off with two bags of ballet gear and personal belongings (including a bible). The thief left behind a fishnet bag loaded with pointe shoes that rested on the floor of the car… under a shower of smashed glass.
I’m not one of those guys who finds evidence of spiritual attack in every uncomfortable circumstance. I agree with C.S. Lewis’ assessment in his introduction to the Screwtape Letters in which Lewis wrote:
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.”
However, I must also agree with R.C. Sproul, Jr. who writes:
“We look down our noses at our brothers who pay attention to the spiritual realm not because we find such to be unbiblical, but because we find it unsophisticated.”
Scripture exhorts us to test the spirits to see whether they are from God, to know the difference between truth and lies. 1 John 4:1
The command here is to learn to discern between that which is from God and that which is of the devil, whom Jesus said was “a liar and the father of lies”. John 8:44
Jesus (and the whole of Scripture) affirm the reality of spiritual attack. If we train our minds to Truth, if we sharpen our discernment through obedience to His revealed Word, then we will more likely discern the essence of things. Stolen laptops and smashed windows are not the essence of things here. These are the affront intended to distract. This is about breached borders.
Shards in shoes and snakes in sewing rooms are arrows aimed at the heart. “You are alone and defenseless. God is not with you.” Lies from hell.Message received.
Now receive this:
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.
If our God is for us, who can be against us?
[B]e sure of this - I am with you always, even to the end of the world.
And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where [he] will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
If the Lord so moves you, please pray for Rebekah, Kelle, and this family. Pray for the perps,that they will trade masters. Maybe the car crasher will even read the loot he stole. And while you are praying, I’m going to buy the girl a gun.