It’s’Bout Time Ya Rack the Slide Alongside The Man

A Story, Listening When He Speaks, Love God, Love God Love People, Ugly-Beauty


Come heavy! That’s a law enforcement term I picked up while reading Charles Martin’s latest novel, Thunder & Rain, where the main character is a Texas Ranger. My take on the term basically means this:


When I call for back-up, don’t be bringin’ your son’s plastic water pistol; nope, take each piece of weaponry outta your gun safe and strap it to your person.


Stick one in your boot holster and one on each hip; sling one with a scope over your shoulder & slip one in your right thigh holster; carry one in your left hand, and another in your right.


And don’t you dare swagger into the fight just because you’re wearin’ a flack jacket and cowboy boots; nope, run in with all barrels a blastin’ – I didn’t call for a square-dance partner; dude, I called for back-up.


Put your back up next to mine. And shoot whatever it is that I cannot see comin’ my way. And you can bet your britches that I’ll do the same for you.


Two are better than one,

Because they have a good reward for their labor.


For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.

But woe to him who is alone when he falls,

For he has no one to help him up.


Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;

But how can one be warm alone?


Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.

And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12


Maybe your co-worker puts dead rats in your desk drawer. Maybe your father is a mean drunk. Maybe your brother is a punk. Maybe your neighbor shouts obscenities at your kids. Maybe your cousin is an addict. Maybe your spouse is not a Believer. Maybe your doctor is right. And maybe he is wrong. Maybe your teenager steals from you. Maybe you won’t forgive someone. Maybe that someone is your self.


 “Dear God,

Cowboy just drove off. He’s driving really fast. The prisoners are shooting at him. He just drove his truck through the front door of that building. I hear shooting coming from inside. There was an explosion.

God, if you’re not here, you need to because some real bad evil is coming up out of the earth.”

 ~ Charles Martin. Thunder and Rain. New York: Hatchette Book Group, 2012



“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,

but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,

against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

~ Ephesians 6:12


Come heavy! It ain’t just an expression that’s relevant to Texas Rangers. Nope, it is a mandate for Believers. And sweet heavenly, lucky lime lollipops for us, come heavy! works both ways. He takes and He gives all that is heavy.


Toss your burdens to the Lord. Trust me, He can handle the weight; so hit Him with all you’ve got. Yep, even that there thing that you try so desperately to hide behind your pearly white smile; you know, that sin-thing that you think is chock full o’ too much ugly. Hand it over.


“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,

and the sin which so easily ensnares us,

and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,

who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,

and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

~ Hebrews 12:1-2


It doesn’t matter if you know how to fire a shotgun, if you know how to rack the slide on an automatic pistol, or if you’ve ever riddled a paper plate with razor-sharp arrows.

 It doesn’t matter if you’re in the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, or the Coast Guard.


It doesn’t matter if you are in the stay-at-home mommy trenches, the blue-collar assembly lines, or the white-collar corporate forces.


The protection offered to every man, woman, and child of Christ is One and the same.


“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,

having put on the breastplate of righteousness,


and having shod your feet

with the preparation of the gospel of peace;


above all, taking the shield of faith

with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.


And take the helmet of salvation,

and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;


praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,

being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication

for all the saints.”

~ Ephesians 6:13-18


You are a soldier of Christ and for Christ. So listen up, you gotta take off your namby-pamby, panty-waist attire and put on the new you. The new you in Christ. And while you are at it, you’ve gotta start standing up for what is right, righteous, and just.


“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.


And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 


You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

~ 2Timothy 2:1-4


Now that you’ve done that, welcome to the club! You are an official threat to the Enemy. That blasted boogeyman wants take you down, smash you flat, and cut out every spec of the godly good that is in you.


If someone came after you, your kid, your spouse, a friend, or even a stranger, I reckon you would stand in the gap, fill the void, and do all you could to square up the odds. At least I hope you would. Maybe you’ve done it before. I know I have. And I know for certain that I’d do it again.


But, as tough as we are; as much as we can bench-press; as many times as we can hit the target bulls-eye center; as trained as we are in self-defense maneuvers – on our own, we will never ever possess all that it takes to slam down hellfire’s captain.


“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.


Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

~ 1Peter 5:8-9


“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

~ James 4:8-9


It’s a dang-blasted good thing God’s got our collective backs. (pssst… He’s lock, stock, ‘n barrel in command of the eternal armory. He ain’t never gonna run outta ammo.


And He’s always wears the white hat – that means He’s the good Guy. And unless you live underneath a rock, you know that the dude in the white hat always wins.


 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

~ Philippians 4:13



So, why are you still stumbling around and twiddling your thumbs? Go on, call the heavenly dispatch for back-up. They got a Man in there Who is just a waitin’ on you.


“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;


neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.


My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all;


and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”

~ John 10:28-29


Our Lord God Almighty is as heavy as they come.



* all scripture taken from NKJV

* Charles Martin. Thunder and Rain. New York: Hatchette Book Group, 2012



What about you, do you have a favorite novel that teaches a biblical principle?




6 thoughts on “It’s’Bout Time Ya Rack the Slide Alongside The Man”

      • S. Etole says:

        The trail you asked about goes through a small meadow at the front of the property. It is such a peaceful area.

  1. Amen, amen, amen!!!! Charge!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nick graduated from homeschooling highschool with two other homeschoolers and we had them march out after the ceremony to “Onward Christian Soldiers.” After which, Nick and his friend {without telling us what they were going to do} put on boxing gloves and ran back in to the church to the Rocky theme. I have to admit it was awesome!

    Like Susan, I’m thrilled that we are on the same side.

    Love you, pray for you, and wonder how you are feeling.

    • Miss Patricia – that is so great what you son and his friends did! Did you get it on video?

      I’m feeling better. Much so.

      Thank you.


  2. This is so encouraging Darlene. I was just thinking the other day (perhaps because I was guilty of doing it) that I always seem to run to the Father as a last resort. All the while He is there, ready and more than able to help me – and I’m running around trying to fix it in my own feeble way.
    Thank you for this. I think we are going to need great courage and faith in the days to come. And our Father is able.

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