Love always protects...1 Corinthians 13:7a
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. John 17:15
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16
It seems everyone wants to protect me from just about everything these days. (Being pregnant somehow brings out friends, family and even stranger’s “Mama bear instincts”) Here are a few of my latest conversations:
- “How about you stay home instead of traveling to the East Coast. I would hate for you to encounter difficulties on the plane and/or being so far from home”, says my Mom, and quickly grandma and husband agree.
- “Mama, you shouldn’t eat that pizza because it will make you puke,” says my youngest daughter.
- I thought it would be fun to go hiking with the family at Silver Creek Falls, my husbands response was, “Um….no….there is no way I am allowing you to walk up hills and slippery areas where you could easily fall.”
- An everyday comment from my girls and husband to each other and the dog is, “Stop-be careful of Mama’s tummy!”
- “Now let me do those dishes while you go sit and rest honey, I don’t want you to overextend yourself,” says Mom.
- While in the checkout line at Safeway the conversation between the checker and person behind me in line was, “Now I don’t want to see you in this store any more until that baby comes because I don’t want you to have this baby right here in line” says the checker. “Well, I think we could deliver this baby if we had to so no worries, we will take care of you”, says the stranger behind me.
And the above is only a handful of the conversations over the last couple months. Even the strangers who pass by me on my outdoor walks treat me like I have the plague by nonverbally moving off the sidewalk onto the street. I guess protecting me against them bumping into my large belly.
If I am being honest, most of the time the “we are protecting you” interactions and conversations occur I have an immediate inner reaction of, “Get off me! I don’t need this protecting! I can handle this on my own.” I feel as if I am being held back from the good everyone else gets to do. I feel unable. Weak. Boxed in. A dagger to the pride. And these emotions are the focus.
But when I consider the reality and heart behind where my loved ones are coming from, I recognize it all boils down to they. Love. Me. And are showing it. By protecting me from potential harm. Protecting me from doing without thinking. Really, protecting me from myself at times. Because I recognize their spoken words of truth are for me well being. They are willing to say the hard thing, or keep me from doing the enjoyable thing, to keep me safe, healthy, and happy.
I pray for my girls as I walk by their schools for God and His angels to protect them and the entire place against the evil one. I take Jesus’ example to us to heart as He prayed for His disciples to be protected. I am thankful we do not have to fear because we have an all powerful God who is able to overcome the plans and attacks of the enemy.
So when the trouble of life hits us, we can call out to our protector God. Who wraps us tightly in His arms of love. For He is our shield.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:1,11
Is there someone you need to “speak the truth in love” to this week in order to protect them from trouble/potential harm?
Is there a current trial/troubling circumstance in which you need our God to help to shield you/protect you? Will you pray in faith for God to do what He promises and protect you from the evil one?
Will you think about those people in your life who care for you enough to “protect” you with their true words/actions of love? Then will you thank God for placing them in your life, lay down any pride, and think good will towards them as they love on you?
© 2012 Standing on Peace