I buckled my gun belt and adjusted my black mask. In just minutes I would hear, “… a hearty ‘Hi Ho Silver,’ the Lone Ranger rides again!” Every Saturday morning as a child, I watched “the masked rider of the plains fight for law and order.”
And every Saturday morning I ended up hiding under the coffee table in fear as the Lone Ranger and Tonto were tied up in an abandoned mine. The keg of dynamite’s fuse had burned down to a quarter inch. And if they did survive the blast, there were twenty armed desperadoes with guns focused on the shaft’s doorway.
My first-grade mind couldn’t conceive of any possible escape. But my Mother would always shove the TV Guide under the table.
“See, the Lone Ranger is scheduled for next Saturday. He’s got to get out of the mine alive.”
Okay, I knew in my head that Tonto and Kemo Sabe would escape alive, but that didn’t change what I felt in my heart.
I still have those feelings. I know intellectually that problems are an “easy thing in the eyes of the Lord” (2 Kings 3:18), but sometimes emotionally I feel like hiding under the coffee table.
But I must make a choice: to follow what I know—or what I feel. It’s not always been easy for me to keep my heart under my head, but that’s how God has designed us: head above our hearts, faith above our fears. And instead of the TV Guide, check out the Bible for examples from “those thrilling days of yesteryear.” The Lord God rides again!
Copyright © 2008 James N. Watkins
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