Random Thought #1433: It takes a mature believer indeed to see disaster looming, and say “Here we go again, Father. I can hardly wait to see what You’re going to do to deliver me this time. Whatever it is, I thank You in advance.”
Random Thought #1432: The Beatitudes notwithstanding, the world will kill enough of us without our volunteering to be slain. Part of the point of being “wise as serpents, but harmless as doves” is that God gave doves WINGS with which to make an escape in times of danger.
Random Thought #59: Get off the fence. Cease trying to keep a foot in each of two different worlds. This is a lesson that few of us ever master: how to live in the world (as we must) without letting the world live in us.