Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dragon By Night

A Maiden hid in the night.

A terrifying sight was in her presence. The thought, the feeling, the essence of this sight made her tremble in fear.  She felt she had nothing to protect her from what was before her but a small splinter of a stick. Her sliver of wood was no match for the fierce dragon that stood on a towering hill overlooking the path that she needed to take.  So she hid, behind a rock in the dark, paralyzed with fear.

As time passed, she grew restless.  She knew she had to get to her destination somehow. Her body ached from the stillness. Her desire to stay unseen was tested by her body's will to move from the prison of the dark. Still afraid she decided to peer out from behind the rock to see of the dragon had moved.  She still grasped in her hand the sliver of the stick.

As she moved her face into the open, she felt the rising sun warming her skin.  It energized her and gave her a clear site of the path.  She looked down at the stick and realized that it was more than a stick - it was a long and strong spear - the darkness had veiled its true character.  Her eyes ran over the length of the path and the outline of the hills.  Surely the dragon had to be there - it was so ominous in the night.  She scanned the scenery, but could not find the beast.  She cautiously left the shelter and captivity of the rock.  Walking to the spot on the hill where the dragon had been, she took a defensive stance, ready to slay the monster when it made its move to take her down.

She stood and waited for the beast as the sun rose. But it never came.  So she sat on the hill to think of her next move.

As she sat, she heard a rustle in the leaves close by.  Startled, she looked to where the sound came from.  Once again trembling, she grabbed her spear ready to thrust it into the heart of the dragon.  She moved in to fight the good fight.  Carefully she fixed her sights to the place of the sound. She looked closer and closer.  The light of day revealed it. Her spear dropped to her side.

Rustling the leaves on the hill where the dragon had been in the night, was a small lizard.  She lowered the blunt end of her spear and moved the lizard out of the way.  She continued along the path, walking freely to her destination.

Woman Enough - don't let fear paralyze you.

Fear plays a healthy role in our lives. It can help us survive, it can motivate us to action and change, and it can force us to take a different course. But when we let it control us, we are truly held captive in the dark.  Bring your fears to the light.  The Dragons of the Night are merely lizards in the light of day.

Do you have dragons that need to be brought to the light? 

1 comment:

  1. So true...and we are much better equipped to battle them than we believe we are! Great post!