Fata Morgana, Men, And Elusive Strength

Strength can be elusive.  

“Things are not  always what  they seem;  the first  appearance  deceives  many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.”  Phaedrus


Unknowns can be intimidating; and, yet, not always as overwhelming, or as powerful, as they originally appeared.

Antarctica (1993-1994), I witnessed “Fata Morgana” (“a” is pronounced as “ah”) at McMurdo Sound.  I am thankful to Wikipedia for a more clear understanding of Fata Morgana:

  • an optical phenomenon, rays of light bent when they pass through air layers of different temperatures
  • and the layers of different temperatures are in a steep thermal inversion
  • where an “atmospheric duct” has formed.      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fata_Morgana_(mirage)

And so, Fata Morgana gives the impression of buildings, cliffs, and such … where no such  objects exist.  In the followinng picture, the Fata Morgana is the horizontal image in the middle, between the ground and the mountains. (Seeing a Fata Morgana, however, is still elusive, even if you have a good definition.)

3-Image Mirage, Antarctica http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/a-world-of-mirages

I have encountered a different kind of Fata Morgana, when faced with resistence, or obstacles.  At times I  thought that I had no strength; or that whatever strength I did have … was not enough.  My energy, resources, strength, wisdom was insufficient, for the challenges that were ahead.  I’ve been there before, and I will probably be there again.  But sometimes your eyes can play tricks on you.  Sometimes, your mind can play tricks on  you: Fata Morgana.

Community reminds me of what is true.  Isolation, often leaves me to my own devices.  Men need men to watch each other’s back.

When strength shows up, opposition shows up.  Obstacles show up.  Criticism shows up.  Doubt shows up.

When we show up, in our glory, in our fullness, in our readiness to meet the next challenge, we can expect opposition.  Circumstances, obstacles, individuals emerge to hinder our progress, to prevent us from our purpose, our callings.  We can also expect God to show up with us, and experience victory.

What are you going to do, when resistence comes?  Opposition comes as a lie: “You don’t have what it takes …”  Opposition rises out of chaos when your child gets defiant, attempting to convince themselves and you that they have more power .  Opposition attacks with the accusation that you are not good enough; that your wife does not love you anymore; that you are a poser; that you are a crappy provider.

Lies, more lies, even more lies, inaccurate information, opposition, obstacles.  You are stronger than all of that.

If you REALLY believe …  that you don’t have what it takes, then you need to get that straightened out.  The lies could destroy you, if you let them.

Sharpen your sword, clear out your mind, get rid of the garbage.  Victory is sweet.

It may not be easy, but we are wildermen.  There are good men who will stand with you.  So find them, and ask them to stand with you.


Wilderman on Rolling Creek

By the way: in this picture, the mirage is not only in the middle (horizontal imagery) but also the icebergs / glaciers in the distance.


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