Tuesday, August 10, 2010

To Leap or to Faint?

The Women of Faith blog entry today was about fainting goats. Interestingly,one particular type of goat faints dead away when under duress. Here is an excerpt:

Humanly speaking, they (fainting goats) are like women who refuse to face the truth. They don’t recognize that God is in control and in the situation that startled them. They just faint and go to La-la Land until the distress passes by. Of course, when they come to, the circumstances are still there. What good did their little escape do? The answer is none. — Jan Silvious  (Excerpted from A Grand New Day © 2008)
 My first thought was to chuckle about the odd goat behavior. Then I really thought about how human beings avoid things, perhaps not as dramatically as the fainting goats, but in many more subtle ways.

Take a look at the things that people use to numb themselves - television, shopping, computer, internet porn, drugs, alcohol, overeating and promiscuity. The list could be almost endless. Men and women alike use the distractions of this world to avoid living life they were meant to live. They try and try to fill their empty,  broken places with things that only make their pain worse. Much like the fainting goats they mentally check out for a while, but when they come to, the pain they were hiding from is still there. Facing the struggles of daily life, or dealing with hurts from your past can be very painful. Allow Jesus to minister to your heart. Ask Him to help you stop filling your empty places with things of this world and fill them with His love and healing instead.

Luke 9:11:  He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. 

I hope to spend much more time Leaping in joy, filled with the love of Christ, than fainting away trying to hide from the world.

In His Peace -


  1. I don't like that la-la land but I did enjoy your post. Thanks, Rhea

  2. I like to leap too! I hope to spend more time leaping than fainting in the future. Thanks for this post.


  3. Thank you for the post, Nancy