Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. ~Ephesians 6:13
About two months ago, I have a tele-health conference with Dr. S. in order for him to refill a particular prescription. He decides to add one more ingredient to my pharma list to ensure my recent weight gain isn't due to water retention. Along with that charge comes the news that a dreaded in-person visit is required in six to eight weeks so he can assess my progress.
Gulp! Really? Dr. S. knows I'm not comfortable with that due to Danny's rather precarious preexisting condition, i.e., his heart, but he assures me in detail all the lengths to which his office has gone in order to be safe and sanitary. So, this past Tuesday, I suit up!
And off I go, protected as best I can be from the invisible enemy, trusting that the doctors and nurses will be extra cautious on their end of things. And of course, they are, much to my relief, and I actually enjoy my visit; it's great to be able to see and talk to others outside our home, and simply be in their company for a short while.
Although I only need to don the mask and protective glasses when I'm around others, not a day goes by when I don't need to put on the full armor of God to guard me from the slings and arrows of the Enemy, who wants to rob my joy, and plant gnawing, disheartening doubts in my heart and mind.
J. D. Wininger, a fellow writer, who blogs at Around the Cross-Dubya, shares The Warrior's Prayer with his followers. I download this prayer, and it now serves as part of my daily supplications to God. We need to be reminded daily that, should we let our guard down, that's all it takes for the devil and his minions to take advantage of our armor's chink.
We can take physical measures to protect us from the virus, but we must intentionally take the spiritual steps to gird ourselves in God's Word and our faith, knowing that He always has our best interest at heart.
So, friends, let's vow today to put on the Lord's armor each and every morning that we might be battle-ready, knowing that Jesus already has the victory.