Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. Eph. 6:13-17 MSG
It’s always an adventure going outside. This time of year, there is a quick check on the weather forecast to determine what to wear. If it’s raining, open toe sandals may not be the best option. If it is an office day, then it’s all about layers to adjust between being in air conditioning then out in the heat. (Note: got to love going in and out of different temps when it makes your glasses fog up – just saying J
And then there are the decisions of what to take with you. Will you need sunscreen? Bug spray? Sunglasses? A book if a wait is involved in your journeys? A GPS device if a new location is in your journey? A car seat and extra wipes and paper towels if little ones are involved in your journey?
All to be prepared for the unknown.
Paul was all about preparing us and the church for the unknown.
In his letter to the Ephesians, he tells us to “be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against the Devil.” (ref. Eph. 6:10-11)
I’ve taught Vacation Bible School with this focus, given sermons on the Armor of God, and even written a song to a Beach Boys tune (see end of blog for this!). However, what really stuck with me was following an example shared in a small group. This woman would daily “put on the armor of God” as she was getting ready for the day. Either in the shower or as she was putting on clothes for the day, she would put her hands around her waist and say “Lord, I’m putting on the belt of truth so I don’t get tripped up today.” With her hands across her chest, she would say, “Lord, guard my heart with your righteousness.” As she took each foot in her hand, she said, “Lord, I put on the peace of your Good News so I will be ready for whatever comes my way.” Holding her hand like it was holding a sword, she would continue, “ Lord, help me hold onto to the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.” Hands on her head, she would say, “guide my thoughts and remind me of my salvation.” And finally, holding her hand out like she was on stage with Diana Ross and the Supremes, she finished with “give me a shield of faith to protect me from Satan’s attacks. “
Now this doesn’t take much time to do but it actively prepares us for the day ahead. A day which will be filled with unknown challenges but also with opportunities to see God at work and be a part of sharing Christ with others.
Let us “put on Christ” and be prepared for the day ahead.
Let the Spirit Show (based on tune of “Surfing USA” by the Beach Boys