29 Apr, 2012

Why Our Family Needs God’s Family

This video is unbelievable. I first saw it a few years ago and it still stirs my heart.

The setup is simple. This is what happens when a herd of water buffalo meander toward a few hungry lions. It’s the perfect illustration for this verse.

I Peter 5:8

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

The first thing you notice is that these prowling lions attack the baby.

Pouncing on the weak one first.

So much like the enemy.

A preschool child with recently divorced parents. The heart question growing… “Am I loved?”

A boy without a father, trying to be brave without someone to show him how.

A 9 year old girl sitting awkwardly on school bleachers. Wondering deep down… “Am I fat? Am I at all lovely?”

A teenage daughter in crisis.

A teenage son facing every guy’s battle.

When our children are pounced on by the enemy, (see minute 2:10 in video) many families fight alone.

It’s normal to try to fight alone.

But the beauty of the Church, and the reason why our family needs God’s family…is that you don’t have to.

(My favorite moment is at 4:33- every time I see the herd coming back to rescue the calf, it reminds me of the Church rising up. Where 2 or more are gathered, Christ himself is with them. Matthew 18:20) 

When our children (and ourselves for that matter) are attacked on all sides, it is vital that we remain connected to Christ’s Church, so that we will have someone to stand with us.

On the flip side, there may come a time when our brothers and sisters are attacked by the enemy. As parents, we have the opportunity and responsibility to model for our children what it means to rise up… and fight in prayer and practical help.

Ecclesiastes 4

9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up…

12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Can you think of a time when the local church stood with you to bring help, support, encouragement, restoration, or rescue?

I’d love to hear your story.

1 Comment

  • That’s such an awesome video Jen! What a great analogy. Thanks for the post!
    Luv ya!

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