Each day I look at the weather forecast to make sure I am dressing for the predicted weather. Do I need a jacket? Gloves? Umbrella? Snow boots?
I look at my schedule to make sure I am prepared for the day. Do I need to wear a suit for a special meeting? Do I need to take my lunch? Do I have all I need for my appointment after work?
We look ahead to see what we need to have with us to be as prepared as possible for the day. But what about spiritual preparedness. Ephesians 6:14-17 tells us what we need to do to be prepared each day to take our stand against the devil’s schemes. We need to put on a whole suit of armor: belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with readiness from the gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit.
Every day, every minute, the devil is looking for ways to scheme against us. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that our struggle isn’t really against PEOPLE but rather against the darkness and evil (sin and the devil). So there is no umbrella or snow boot that can protect against those things. Only prayer, Bible study and faith in God.
As we prepare for our day and we decide what we need to wear or what we need to take for the journey, let’s not forget to get all “armored” up. Nothing shows we’re ready for a busy day like a suit of armor!
As a mother I feel the “momma bear” instinct come out if I believe someone is doing wrong to my daughters. If they hurt, I hurt. If someone hurts their feelings, I want to go fix it. It’s just what we moms do! Protect.
But in reality we can’t always do that. We can’t always fix a broken heart. We can’t always fix a bad grade. We can’t always fix hurt, anger, wrong-doings. We have to love and protect the best we can and know that God will work things out for His good as He promised in Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
On Good Friday, I reflect on Mary and how she as a mother must have felt. People were accusing her kid of doing something He didn’t do. They were being so mean to Him. They were physically hurting Him. They were spitting on Him. Everything He did was good. He helped people. He was nice. He was loving. He didn’t do anything wrong! They punched Him. They whipped Him. They jabbed nails in Him. They killed Him!
I imagine the momma bear wanted to come out in Mary and she wanted to fix things. But I can just hear God reminding her, “all things I promise to work for the good of those who love Me. You love Me. Your son…….my Son…..will be the King of all Kings! We win, Mary. Sin and bad things will not win. Stay close to Me and we will get through it.”
When our kids are hurting or being done wrong and momma bear wants to fix it, just remember Mary. She had to experience the worst broken heart of all time and God brought her through. He can bring us through, too. We just have to trust and let Him hold us in His big, strong arms.
Let Him do that today and this weekend as we remember the ultimate sacrifice of Mary’s son dying on the cross for us. Then let us not forget the greatest miracle that came just three days later … He rose again and lives among us today! Happy Easter!
I read this quote in one of my readings this morning and just had to share it…
If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? – John Wooden
When our daughter was entering her “driver education” years, I used to take her and her two friends to the high school to drive around the parking lot in the early summer mornings after they had 5 a.m. weight lifting time for basketball. I would have them take turns driving. They would practice stopping at the stop signs, using their signals and learning to use the brake
We had a lot of laughs on those early Friday morning drives. There was no one else in the parking lot which left us plenty of room for learning. The only thing to fear were those BIG light poles scattered throughout the black top. But as each week passed by, they learned to get more comfortable with their driving. Eventually those girls grew up to get their driver’s licenses, drive on back roads, highways, four-lanes and interstates! They’ve driven in Chicago, Florida and downtown Indianapolis. The more they practiced, the more comfortable they became.
I find myself doing that with my faith. In earlier years, I would trust God with a few things and then a few more and as my Christian faith grew, I realized maybe He did know what He was doing and I began turning more and more things over to Him. Don’t get me wrong… sometimes I gave them to Him and took them back. But things always worked out better when I trusted Him. And now I find myself looking for His works in everyday things. I find myself going to him FIRST instead of after I make a mess on my own.
I guess FAITH is like driving a car…. all it takes is a little practice and eventually you realize, you’re driving through life with God and a little faith on your side. (Kind of like I did when riding with those girls in the parking lot at school)! My prayer for you is that you have a little faith as you drive through your journey today!