Summary: Crawling forward is still advancing.
2 Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Having served in three branches, I have plenty of “war stories.” I grew up reading all sorts of military comics so I was not totally in the dark about things like some recruits. Having transferred from the USAF and USN to the Army there were many changes as you can expect, but a funny thing happened on a night FTX (field training exercise). The scenario was that an obstacle in the road stopped our convoy. Our reaction to that was to get off the truck and find cover to have a hasty firing position while the obstacle was cleared in case it was an ambush. I jumped off the truck and low crawled to a large rock for my hasty firing position. I really did not observe what everyone else was doing.
Later, the Commander and my Platoon Sergeant called me to the side and complimented me on being the only one who did it right. I smiled and said, “Not bad for an ex-Air Force and Navy guy.” They asked how I knew to do that. I told them about my comics as a kid and that I had watched every military show and movie I could. I got a kick out of it, but I saw it caused them some consternation, but it did not take away from my kudos.
Sometimes in combat, you have to low crawl to avoid the enemy’s bullets. Sometimes you low crawl because you have been wounded and cannot stand. Whether by tactic or by pain keep crawling forward. The Lord will bring you into victory for it is His battle. The more you keep low the higher He can exalt you because you have exalted Him by still crawling.
You may be too weak to do anything but crawl but that is when His strength and power is at their peak. Stay low, but don’t lay low doing nothing. Staying still in combat can get you killed in combat if the enemy knows your position. Moving targets are harder to hit. Keep crawling for at some point He will make you stand before your enemy in victory.
Sometimes all you have to do is stand, but there are times when it is not only OK, but better to low crawl as long as you are crawling forward and not backward in retreat. At times it will be a fast crawl and other times you may be dragging along very slowly depending on the enemy fire and your physical and emotional condition. Just keep crawling. Victory is ahead. The enemy may know where you are but so does your Captain of the Host and He will prevail and bring you with Him. In the US military, we do not leave our men behind, but at times we may not be humanly able to do it. Jesus has no such limitations and He does not leave His own behind. Look up as you crawl, but crawl! Hooah! Maranatha!!