Many of you know I got a new job (yay!!). I’ve gone through various trainings, one of which included a day on how to get out of a chokehold, what to do if someone bites me, how to put someone in a restraint, and more. I can’t begin to tell you the problems this caused for me, the inner turmoil that rumbled throughout. Am I really voluntarily putting myself in a position where I’m prone to be attacked?
Granted, my training process has been a bit backwards: I was offered the job after the initial overview of the company as a whole was offered, the one that would have offered the big picture of the job. I hadn’t even completed my hire packet before hearing about the many risks of the job, along with physical ways to try to alleviate them.
For the birds is just one of the phrases I’ve been heard saying these past few days. Why, oh why, would I put myself back into a place where I could get hurt?
So I had a heart-to-heart with the lady in Human Resources, sharing my concerns and fears.
“Those are extreme cases and you most likely won’t encounter anything like (being put in a chokehold), but we’d rather you be prepared in the event that something were to happen.”
Truth be told, this jury is still out. I want something a little safer. No, wait. Much, safer. But sometimes we aren’t called to live safe (but I’m saying to live stupid, nor will I ever, ever condone abuse. Never ever. Run to safety. Break down the walls of silence. Trust me, if you aren’t safe, you’d be surprised how many people will come to your aide to make sure you are).
I know it’s naive, but I’ve always feared being trained for something, thinking that somehow it will cause that thing to happen. I hated learning how to help a choking baby, fearing that somehow it might “make” my kids choke. Same with First Aid and CPR.
And maybe even with spiritual attacks.
Okay, not maybe.
I know the chances of facing a spiritual attack is infinitely higher than the odds of one of my kids dying from choking on a hot dog. In fact, it isn’t even a matter of if. Nor is it when. I’ve been there. Am there. And I’m not alone.
So while I might adamantly resist learning how to break away safely when someone grabs me by the hair, there is a major dose of prevention that I’m all over:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-17
Let’s not be unaware and pretend like nothing will happen. Instead, let’s armor up!