Way To Escape

16 Jul

“Deliver us from evil”.   Even when we have not taken the time to pray it, God answers and prevents evil things and bad things and things of possible harm beyond our awareness.  Yes, I know, not always.  But there are untold moments when his protective hand abides on us while we are unaware. A big component of trust is a perception of safety.  “Deliver us from evil” takes that perception of safety to the level beyond the physical and into the spiritual.

A man, a little past middle age kneeled in the foyer of a church in the middle of a gathering crowd.  His hands were stretched out in front of himself as if welcoming an embrace.  Through the crowd ran and dodged a little boy only two years old, and flew into those outstretched arms and into that anticipated embrace.  Or, you may have witnessed a child being held by someone familiar.  Another individual beckons, “Wanna’ come?”  The child throws its arms around the familiar one that is holding them, “I certainly do not.” is said without words.  If that child is taken any way he/she immediately stretches both arms back in an appeal, “Please take me back.  Rescue me.”  The “stranging” child leans away from the apparent abductor.  And if that does not work the vocal protest starts next communicating fear and alarm.

It’s called bonding not stranging, and it consists of the physical senses identifying traits of recognition.  Sight, sound, smell and touch.  Sight seems to take predominance.  With time, certain visual markers become recognized and associated with comfort, security, safety and provision.  Theories suggest that these markers are established at a very early age; first, as sound and smell soon after birth, and visual senses come later.  Just the way mommy feels when she cradles the infant in her arms to feed it signifies deliverance.  Jesus had known those experiences from a babe but even as a young child He had already experienced the taking of that deliver-us-from-evil experience to the God level.  He asked His earthly parents whether they wanted Him to be about His Heavenly Father’s business.  The tacit implication was that, “My Heavenly Father will deliver me from evil in this quest.”  The physical level of bonding had morphed into the spiritual as Jesus recognized spiritual safety with the Father in Heaven.

Orphans have a constantly changing set of markers for this physical security.  Who is their provider?  Where is their protector, their security, their safety?  When these markers cannot be developed the instinctive recognition of danger and the protective nature of fear can become altered. We hatched a pigeon egg in an incubator and raised it by feeding it with an eye dropper until it was an adult.  When it became big enough to fly we moved it to the garage.  It had no fear of us as human beings.  We thought that was neat.  One of the first days we let it fly outside we found out that it had no natural instinctive fears of anything.  It flew out into the barnyard and landed two feet in front of a cat.  The cat’s instincts were perfect.  This is an unlucky bird story, so how does it apply to fatherless humans.  God knows that He needs to substantiate His value as spiritual protector by bringing people into the lives of orphans to establish bonding markers for physical protection.  Consistent bonding experience is important on the level of instinctive recognition of safety and security and become building blocks for trusting God spiritually.  If these trust markers are betrayed in episodes of physical abuse or neglect by still present parents, God’s anger with these circumstances is explicite.  His fundamental desire is to become a soul’s Father in Heaven.

God uses natural instincts given to mankind to defend orphans by the instinctive recognition system in infants that can grow and develop into a spiritual recognition system.  Who is the provider for my soul?  Who is the security and the safety for my soul?  Who do I turn to for soul comfort?  First, a parent, we call it bonding, ultimately to THE Father, God calls it salvation.  When Satan beckons, “Wanna come?”  We throw our arms around the heavenly Father’s neck–“I certainly do not.”

If an attempt would be made to take us from that safe and secure embrace, the spiritual instincts that have transferred from physical instincts of trust can then dictate an instinctive response of “spiritual stranging”.  The bonding to the Father points the way to escape, that delivers us from evil, and shares hope with our hearts and to hearts of the fatherless we are defending.

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