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There are quiet a few lessons to learn within this book, but I decided to discuss just one for today. One character trait that Boone had to deal with in The Brotherhood is his desire to be everyone's savior. In school, he came to the rescue of the bullied and before long was feared by the bullies. In the police department, he was passionate at his job, and earned a reputation of always coming to someones help and constantly talking about taking down the many gangs in the streets of Chicago.
When his comfortable world is erupted, he soon finds out he can't fix everything. He can't be everyone's hero and savior. He tries to ignore it and stay in command of his life, but it doesn't take long for him to see how weak and, yes, sometimes helpless, he can be. No matter how much he tries, he can't keep his orderly life together and soon discovers that he can't control his temper and unwarranted actions at work. As much as he doesn't want to admit this all to himself - he can't hide from the truth.
The truth - he's not God. Not that he ever outright said - I am God. But his actions and thinking made him believe he could lead and take care of his own life - he didn't need God. And the Lord had to use monstrous events and then gentle guidance, to open up Boone's eyes and make him realize the truth.
What's the point of me telling you all this? Well, sometimes we Christians can do the same thing. Not intentionally, but we can. I know I do sometimes. I am so protective of those I love - I never want them to come to any harm. Then if there is a close call, I blame myself and think of a way I could have been there. Thinking I should have been there.
Then I realize - I can't be everywhere. I can't protect them forever. They are in the Lord's hands. He cares for them 100 times more than I do - He will protect them. Just like it says in Proverbs 18:10 - "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." God has us all in the palm of His hand. We just need to learn to trust in Him - even when His will is not ours.
Joshua 1:9 - "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
So, there you have it. Are you the protective kind? I'd love to hear your thoughts!