Mixed martial arts, like the UFC, is one of the truest forms of competition out there. It’s a one on one battle. Man versus man (or woman versus woman). There are limited rules. It’s just you against your opponent in a test of work ethic, pain management and who has the better right hand.
I’ve always wondered if could make it in a steel cage against a highly trained fighter. I daydream that I’m scrappy and quick enough and that I might be able to outwit my opponent. Maybe I could confuse him by telling him jokes. Maybe I could say flattering things about his mom instead of saying bad things about her. Kindness is a deadly weapon.
I quickly come to the conclusion that I wouldn’t last long. It’s an exciting but bloody sport and blood is my achilles heel. Ironically, when I see blood, the blood in my body ceases to flow to my brain.
I’m a wimp. I’m more likely to be KO’d by a paper cut than a superman punch.
I have to face the facts that I am not, nor will I ever be, a cage fighter. I’m five foot nothing. I’m a hundred and nothing. Even on my best day I probably couldn’t fight my way out of a wet paper bag. There are no ninja moves in my repertoire that would allow me to be a successful fighter. In a one on one fight, I’d never make it on my own.
I am equally incapable in the cage fight that is life. There are circumstances in life that I could never get through by myself. As strong as I think I am, when the cage door shuts and the bell goes off, I am undeniably out of my league
But that’s ok. I have a tag team partner. Someone who will intercede and fight on my behalf. He is stronger than me, stronger than anyone. His right hook is accurate and powerful. He invented ju-jitsu and karate.
He is the master of disaster, the king of sting, the ayatollah of rock n’ rolla. He floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee because he created butterflies and bees.
“They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you.” declares the Lord. - Jeremiah 1:19
We often face challenges and circumstances in life that are too much for us to handle on our own. Despite our best efforts and fearlessness, there are times when our opponents are too much for us. And this is where God intercedes, He tags Himself in. Because He knows when we are in over our heads and when we need to tag out.
This is when god shows us the champion that He is. This is when God delivers.