Saturday, June 07, 2014

It's All In The Wrist


I'll be in my apartment pool tomorrow at 6 AM or in about nine hours. This is about something I found on a previous swim. It is from May 29, 2010.

During the summer, I still get up early to run in our apartment pool. This morning, I hit the water at 6 AM, the perfect time weather-wise and crowd-wise. After completing my thirty-five minute run, I climbed out and was walking toward the gate when I found a little bracelet on the concrete. It was one of those WWJD? bead wristlets that were so popular several years ago. Apparently, a swimmer did not want want to wear it into the water and so laid it down...and forgot about it. I put it on one of the circular tables covered by umbrellas that decorate our pool area. I hope whoever it belongs to- and I'm guessing it's a girl- will come back and retrieve it. I would hate for it to end up discarded in the trash can.

In his epistles, Paul makes use of figurative language. We know about his admonition in Ephesians 6 that we should put on the full armor of God so we can withstand Satan. What's interesting to me is that he never mentions taking it off. To me, it's implied that once we put on the armor of God, it's permanent. We need it and it becomes part of us. In actuality, I think we sometimes wear our Christianity like that WWJD? bracelet I picked up this morning. We wear it when it's convenient and doesn't get in the way. But when it's not comfortable or popular or easily explainable, we slip it off, fulling intending to slip it back on at some point in the future when it's not quite so cumbersome. Maybe that's the point about armor- it's difficult to put on so it's not so easy to remove at a moment's notice. And, you never find it laying around the pool.

Applicable quote of the day:
"Jesus is God spelling Himself out in language that men can understand.''
S.D. Gordon

God bless,
Steve
Luke 18:1
E-mail me at steve@hawleybooks.com

4 comments:

PJ said...

I loved your post! I'm am not a Bible Teacher, or Sunday School Teacher or anything like that. I do love to witness to people ( in a regular conversation)as I get nervous talking in a "formal setting or group. As long as it begins as a regular conversation, I can talk until my voice is gone about our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is so awesome and has done SO much for me in my life. I do teach Bible Studies once in a while, and I teach ESL and try to include Jesus in that if I can. My usual posts include Devotionals, Inspirational stories, or sometimes just scriptures with my commentary and research done about them. Every once in a while like the last couple of posts, if my husaband and I go on a trip, I will post about it. I think it is so awesome that you can go to different countries and spread God's Word. That is so important. I really enjoyed your post, and will be following you and looking forward to reading more of them.

God Bless!

PJ

PJ said...

Hey Steve! Don't get excited, it's just me again. I got so wrapped up in my commenting about getting God's word out, I was rude and didn't thank you for following me. I hope you will enjoy my posts.

God Bless!

PJ

Barbra Stephens said...

Hi Steve, Wow, what a deep post. I loved looking into that topic-The whole armor of God.
It's a spiritual armor and it's something I know have had to earn. I would like to know I can use the word of God as a defense and offence as I need to. I can only get that by staying in his order.
That is beautiful how the Lord showed you through a bracelet. He touches our mind to stay on Him in so many ways, doesn't He?
Thank you for sharing that. :)

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

One I missed, this is a profound one, most interesting and enjoyable to read as always.

Yvonne.