There’s a saying in our house that originated when our daughter was about 20 months old – about the age she became a daredevil. Our Peanut-Girl was a late walker, hitting 16 months before she took more than five steps in a row. For the first few months thereafter she walked gingerly, not trusting her legs to carry her nor her balance to keep her from falling. Around 20 months, she began testing the boundaries of gravity – and we let her. We didn’t try to discourage her or grab her or hold her back from testing her own limitations. All we said was, “I’ve gotcha.”
Our just-turned-three daughter still hears those words often as she flings herself unreservedly off a rock wall into her Daddy’s arms, or climbs bravely up a tall slide, or even when she takes a tumble and I pick her up, kiss the owie, and say it again: “Everything’s okay, I’ve gotcha now.”
Ever since the first time we said those words to our daughter, they’ve become something of a motto for our family. When my heart aches deep and my tears flow strong, my husband holds me close and says two words I know are true. When stress pounds hard and life hurts bad, I wrap my small arms around his broad shoulders and utter that well-known infusion of strength.
But there are times when even those words don’t cut it. There are times when throats choke up and knots of anxiety wind tight and the enemy stares us down. There are times when the edge looks too close and the rope looks too weak and the dare looks too big. There are times when our limitations are clear and our weakness is exposed and our future is shrouded in darkness. Those are times when the only truth that breaks bondage and cultivates courage and floods a soul with faith is the knowledge that we don’t “got” anything.
But God does. The LORD, the Holy One of Israel, the Beginning and the End, the great I Am – this God is your Father, and God’s gotcha.
Something happens when these words are heard and received by an anxious and searching heart. The loving arms of the Father provide soothing warmth as they wrap gently yet firmly around His quaking yet trusting child. And in an instant, the weak become strong (Joel 3:10), the weary find rest (Matt. 11:28), the brokenhearted obtain healing (Ps. 147:3), and the grieving discover strength in the joy of the Lord (Neh. 8:10).
Sister, are you in a battle where victory looks impossible? Are you staring down the enemy of your soul, feeling weak and powerless against a flood of his attacks? Are you standing at the edge of a cliff, and need wings to fly like an eagle? I know I am. My soul often echos Christian missionary, Isobel Kuhn, who once said, “Sometimes on the Rock I tremble faint of heart and weak of knee; but the steadfast Rock of Ages never trembles under me!”
Ladies, it is neither by might nor by power that battles are won, but by the Spirit of the LORD of hosts, for the battle is His (Zech. 3:4; 2 Chron. 20:15). When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him, so submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you (Is. 59:15; Ja. 4:7). Wait upon the LORD and your strength will be renewed, you will mount up with wings like eagles, and you will know that He is God (Is.40:31; Ps. 46:10).
I would love to pray for you today, Ladies. Is there a request you have that I can take before the throne of grace on your behalf in your time of need (Heb. 4:16)? If you’re comfortable, please leave your petition in the comments section, and I will be on my knees for you. There is a heartbreaking verse in Ezekiel where the Lord says that He looked for someone who would build the wall and stand in the gap before Him on behalf of the land so He would not have to destroy it, but found no one (Ez. 22:30).
There are some things that God does only in answer to intercessory prayer. Sisters, today, I gotcha. I am here to stand in the gap for you, and I ask that you do the same for me. Let’s hold the line and build the wall and stand in the gap for one another, knowing all the while, in all circumstances, the God who sees (Gen. 16:13), the God who provides (Gen. 22:14), the God who heals (Ex. 15:26) – that God’s gotcha, and you can’t get better than that.