What Am I Showcasing?
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17 (NRSV)
Deepika Emmanuel Sagar lives in Rajasthan, India. She has a terrace garden with a lot of potted plants. Each plant blooms in its own season. We all like to see beautiful things, so we showcase the best of what we have. Deepika is always moving her plants around so that those with blooming flowers are visible. Those with no flowers are kept aside, though not discarded because God has a season for everything to be beautiful.
The seasons of our lives often bring their own kind of dormancy - situations and circumstances that are not very pretty. What do we do then? When we pass through such difficult times, what do we showcase? Is it our difficulties, or the strength of the Lord backing us up? Jesus promises in scripture never to leave or forsake us.
Our perspective matters. Focusing on the security God offers rather than our struggle brings beauty to an otherwise ugly situation. While we will sometimes falter as we seek God's strength, it's not about losing strength; it's about trusting that God has the power to revive us - again and again. Let's showcase the strength of God's Spirit so that the Spirit is able to bring renewed life in and through us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, give us your strength so that we remain grounded in you. Live in us so that we can show your beauty and love to the world. Help us to put on the full armor of God every day, in Jesus' name. Amen.