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Today while pondering some things, I thought about the expression, “Lost in translation” and I begin to wonder what sentence in English would be challenging to explain to someone from another culture and language. The statement that came to mind was:
I got your back.
You’d might think, “Oh, that’s easy! Everybody knows what that means!” But imagine you’re talking to someone who has never heard that expression before and is really clueless to the meaning that it implies, how would you break it down to help them truly understand? Here are my four attempts:
First thought: It means you’re willing to support someone through something. Hmmm… that seemed a little weak.
Second thought: Willing to stand with someone through a fight or tough ordeal without regard to your own safety. Much better, but something was still missing.
Third Thought: Being willing to cover someone in situations when they are taking care of or are distracted by something else and could be taken off guard.
Final thought: A commitment to protect someone from things they can’t see coming
I decided to look up the expression in the Urban Dictionary to see what it said:
GOT YOUR BACK An expression assuring someone that you are watching out for them. Comes from making sure you are safe by watching what’s behind you when you’re busy looking ahead.
I felt revelation sparking in my soul!
When I read the last portion of the definition, “….making sure you are safe by watching what’s behind you…” I immediately thought of this scripture:
Isaiah 30:21 – You will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way. Follow it, whether it turns to the right or to the left.” GOD’S WORD® Translation
God is speaking this through the prophet Isaiah to Israel. The Lord’s people have turned away from Him and were running after the so-called gods of the nations around them. In spite of that, God basically was saying,
“I got your back! I KNOW you don’t see what’s coming. You’ve been distracted by the people and things around you and you’ve been taken off guard by your fierce enemies who seek to destroy you. But I am willing to stand with you and fight the fight that you can’t fight on your own… I’ve got your back! I will be a voice behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it!”
There’s something VERY comforting in the words, “I got your back.” And when they are spoken to you by someone you trust, it puts you at ease. If you’ve been feeling alone in the midst of some challenges you’re facing right now, this post is for you! Claim the following portion of Psalm 27 for yourself with the tweak of “He’s got my back!” added in:
1The Lord is my light and my salvation so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? He’s got my back!
2When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. He’s got my back!
3Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. He’s got my back!
4The one thing I ask of the Lord, the thing I seek most is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. He’s got my back!
5For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. He’s got my back!
6Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music. Cause what? He’s got my back!
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