Button is convinced there is a witch in our bathroom. When the bathroom lights are off, she refuses — out of genuine fear — to go anywhere near the bathroom. Even if I’m standing 6 feet away and in eyesight, she won’t do it. “No, Mama! There’s a WITCH in there!” she’ll scream, with great consternation.
I’m dealing with this two ways: First, I remind her (repeatedly) that there isn’t a witch; that we don’t need to be afraid of witches because Jesus is protecting us; and that if there is a witch, Button can “pow” it. Usually, though, this doesn’t convince her to venture into the bathroom on her own.
Second, I walk with her into the bathroom, telling her “I’m right behind you.” This is the only thing that gives her the security she needs to walk into the dark bathroom and turn on the light.
In musing over this, it occurred to me that there are some parallels here to our spiritual walks. We’ve all got our own “potty witch” — something that causes us such great fear it stops us in our tracks. We are rendered ineffective, we are terrified by what we believe will happen to us, and we are unable to move into all the promises and blessings God has for us. For me, I’ve experienced potty witches in my marraige, in my ministry, in my family, in my job, and in my relationships with others. Come to think of it, there are potty witches everywhere.
But God goes with us to face our potty witches. He says “I’m right behind you.”
(Now, here’s the lawyer in me coming out: Matt. 28:20 “I am with you always”; Acts 18:10 “I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you”; Joshua 1: 9 (a personal favorite) “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go”)
God gives us a great “potty witch” story in 1 Sam. 14. King Saul’s son, Jonathan, decided to take on the army of the Philistines on his own, without telling his dad or anyone else in the Israelite army. The only person he took with him is his armor bearer. When he asked his armor bearer how he should attack the Philistines, the armor bearer simply responded, “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.” We are told that Jonathan began attacking the Philistines, and the armor bearer “killed those who came behind them.” Altogether, they killed 20 men just on their own. And then panic broke out among the Philistines, an earthquake happened, and the Philistines fled.
We are like Jonathan, and the Holy Spirit is like the armor bearer. When we decide to challenge our potty witch, He says “I am with you” and he goes right behind us, destroying any enemy, obstacle, or challenge that we can’t.
The problem is, we often don’t believe He’s with us, or that He will destroy our potty witch. If Jonathan hadn’t taken on the Philistines, the armor bearer wouldn’t have either. The same is true for us. If we don’t take on the potty witch with faith that God is right behind us, then the potty witch maintains her stronghold over the potty.
Sometimes I wish I had faith like Button. To bravely take on the potty witch simply because Mama is behind her and she believes Mama will destroy any witch she can’t — that’s faith.