The alarm always beeps too soon. I lean over and peak at my phone with one eye. It has only been an hour since the last middle-of-the-night feeding. I slump into the day anyway, reaching blindly for my robe. Coffee first, always, and the Word in my other hand.
I take up my shield, the flaming arrows of the evil one will start too soon today. I read of Moses in the wilderness and buckle truth around my waist. Today I will read about a friend who is loosing her one-year-old to cancer. Only Truth can keep me strong in the face of such news. I read of David, begging the Lord to make his heart clean and restore his joy, and I fit my feet with readiness. Today I will face hours of whining and messes and little sins being spilled all over the house and drug across the carpet. I will need Joy to bring the gospel of peace to this house today. I read about Jesus, calming the waters with his words, and I strap the helmet of faith under my chin. Today I will hear of babies being slaughtered by the thousands in my country, and faith will carry me through the flaming arrows that would leave me hopeless of God’s goodness.
The evil one will be lurking in all kinds of places today, looking to destroy my peace, steal my joy, choke my patience, and have me believe that God is keeping some good thing from me. The evil one will be slithering through facebook and the news and all sorts of social medias, looking for ways to shoot at my faith in a kind God. I take up my sword and my shield, in the early hours of the morning, waiting, ready for his attack. The evil one is sly, looking to squelch my contentment by means of my own people that I love, hoping my heart will give way to the weariness that comes from serving endless needs. I take up the sword of the Spirit and fight by laying down my life for those I love, every moment of the day.
God is good, God is kind, God is love, God is patient, God is long-suffering, God is working all things together for the good of those who love Him. Cries coming through the baby monitor, my armor is on, my heart is ready to step into this day and lead these little people to believe the truth about our God, to hold up a shield around us and extinguish all the flaming arrows.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. -Ephesians 6