I sat surrounded in a pew
Yet I felt lonely
A church full of people
Yet who else was with me?
I closed my eyes to pray,
"Jesus, who else is fighting?
Who else is seeking YOUR heart?
Who else is sharing the Gospel?"
My mind went to the Great Battle
I stand in white
I draw out my sword
And I run to the front line
I think back to old me
At one point I wouldn't fight
I used to be a spectator
I was a commentator on the spectacle
Then I became aware
I knew I needed to be in
I was called to the field
But I was terrified of the wounds
But that’s not me now
Now I know where to draw strength
The more I swing my sword
The more I learn what I'm doing
So here I am on the front lines
I look to either side of me
I see so few others fighting
So I look behind...
And there is the army
Slinging their stones from a safe distance
Holding their shields and spears
They are protecting something that I can't quite see
As I pull a soul to safety
Some of those stones are hitting the enemy
They make their own difference in combat
AND they are hitting me too
In a moment of reprieve
I am extremely aware of the vastness
Our enemy is big
So crafty and cruel
I see those closest to me take big hits
Some of those never allow the physician
To even look at their wounds
And they never return to the frontline
"Jesus!" I cry as I run toward the foe
"Where are reinforcements?
If we only had more help
This would feel so lonely.
"There must be more!
I see a big contingent over there
Strengthen them, Jesus!
Oh yes! I see so many fighting over there!"
I look behind me
Falsely assuming that other are seeing
I look back at the troops closest to me
My heart drops...
There is the army,
A huge mass of warriors
Swords on the ground
I can see their strength!
It's the same strength that I have!
But they stare ahead at me
As if unaware of the battle that is raging
All I can do weep
How can they not know?
I run back to them
I will tell them
"The war is at a critical stage!
There are people trapped over on the other side
I can show you how to fight
Who is with me?!"
Some start to pick up their swords
But then sit back down
Some have lengthy discussions about battle plans
But they never move
Throughout the battle
I keep going back
Encouraging and showing truth
But very few come with me
Just when I thought I couldn't go on
When I was weary beyond measure
When my body couldn't take it anymore
The Commander in Chief called me home
I open my tear-filled eyes
The people in the pew
Haven't changed at all
I still feel so lonely
"There is one more battle"
He reminds me
"You only know this stage of the fighting.
Let me show you The End."
And there we were!
We running to the enemy
At first I didn't see very many
But as we ran more
The more I saw
And the more excited I became!
There was my ailing friend
Who couldn't do much on earth
Riddled head to toe with issues
But he was unstoppable and fierce on this field!
There was the mom I heard about!
She fought cancer
She also fought to share the gospel
And she looked radiant and brave!
I was surrounded by warriors!
Strong, bold, courageous
I look behind me
My heart lept within me...
Because THERE was the army!
No one sat
No one held shields
Everyone was aware of what was ahead
And there was Jesus
Faithful and True!
He was on His horse
That King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!
Jesus spoke to me
Sitting in my pew
With no one else aware
Of our conversation
"Take courage, dear one.
The struggle is severe.
You are in a war zone.
But the Battle IS already won!
"You are not alone.
You are surrounded
Warriors may be sleeping
But they are there.
Care for souls others discard
Share with the intimidating
Stand on truth.
"People fought before you,
And people will fight after you,
But someone needs to fight now
And I called you for this time.
So, fellow warrior,
I call you to the front line with me
There is nothing to fear
When you know you win in the end
Leah works with Master Plan Ministries at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Other than watching college students' lives change, she enjoys getting her mind blown by God and His Word, watching sci fi, baking cupcakes, and spending time with her hunky husband.
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