I was out on a bike ride and out of the bushes popped a deer. She looked at me for a few seconds, turned and bounced away.
Isn’t it incredible to watch deer prance?
This unique movement is actually called stotting: a behaviour when the deer springs into the air, lifting all four feet off the ground simultaneously. Usually, the legs are held in a relatively stiff position and the back is arched with the head pointing downward.
When that deer stotted this morning, it was like she was saying to me, “I’m free. You can’t get me.” What’s really interesting is that there is evidence that “stotting is an honest signal to predators that the stotting animal is not worth pursuing.” (Wikipedia)
I couldn’t help but make the comparison to emotional healing.
There is a time for healing and when it happens, we bounce again. We are stronger. We can confidently declare to the enemy that we are not worth pursuing because we are free and he can control us no longer. When we release the resistance to hide or deny, God’s mercy expands in us to create space and lightness and playfulness.
We can prance.
A friend recently told me, “When you’re open and undefended…when you believe in repair, you no longer hold onto the disastrous moments of your life.”
Resiliency matters in the Christian life.
God calls us to well-being and well-thinking. That’s freedom.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1.3 NIV