Sunday, June 12, 2011
One of my favorite scenes from the movie is the first battle in which William and his fellow countrymen must fight the invading British army. The Scots are outnumbered, out-weaponed, and don't appear to stand a chance. But they show up, paint their faces, and after a rousing speech about freedom and country from Wallace, the battle begins.
The British fire arrows, then start an all-out charge, driving directly at the standing Scottish line. Wallace raises his arm in the air and, as the line stands perfectly still, shouts, "HOLD!" The British continue to advance, Wallace again repeats, "HOLD!" The Scotsmen shift their weight nervously and tighten their grip on their shields. A few of them steal a sideways glance at their leader with worried eyes that say, "Really? Are you SURE?" Once more Wallace shouts, "HOLD!"
Here's a quick look at the scene:
Intense stuff, huh?
I've been thinking a lot about William Wallace lately, and how God's been showing me His impression of the Scottish Warrior these days. God's been telling me to "HOLD!" quite a bit. Let me explain:
I've never been good at waiting. Like Wallace's warriors, I stand in place, nervously weight-shifting, grasping my gardening tools, asking "Really? Not YET?" But like those Scottish soldiers, I know I must trust my Leader. His timing is perfect, even if it seems excruciating to me.
So, excuse me as I sigh, paint my face, throw on a kilt, and grab a spear. I've got more holding to do...
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