If there were such a thing as a struggle bus, I’d be sitting on its front seat this week. It seems like this is one of those weeks when I’m in the spiritual valley trying desperately to get back to the mountaintop. As I mope in my misery and wallow in self-pity, it occurs to me if I want to be able to climb a mountain, I can’t do it wearing flip flops.
Let me elaborate a little on that previous statement. If I’m going to the gym, I’m going to be most effective if I am wearing gym clothes and tennis shoes, not a dress and heels with my good jewelry. If I’m going to the beach in the summertime, I’m much better off with a bathing suit than I am a winter coat. If I want to go mountain climbing, flip flops aren’t going to get me much traction to scale the mountain. All of these activities have tools or gear that is appropriate if you desire to be successful.
Why then, am I trying to climb this mountain wearing flip flops? Instead of allowing the situation to consume my hope and happiness, I need to put on my boots and prepare for the climb. I need to surround myself with proper tools, ones that do not include indulging in mindless television as a distraction or music that doesn’t honor God. If I really want to climb this mountain, I need to put on the full armor of God!
Do you have a mountain in front of you right now? Satan would like nothing better than for you to just sit in your flip flops and resolve that it’s insurmountable. He wants you to believe that you are never going to get to the top. I have advice for you…SHUT HIM DOWN!
Put on the full armor of God, as Paul instructs us in Ephesians 6:10-11: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
We have tools for our climb! Paul goes on in verses 13-17 to instruct us to put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and boots full of the readiness we get from peace. We have a shield of faith, a helmet of salvation, and a sword of the Spirit (His Word).
It’s time for me to get off of this struggle bus and kick off my flip flops for better tools. With the tools He’s given us, there’s no reason we should be ill-prepared for what’s ahead. Ask God to remind you that you have a toolbox for your climb, and you can face it head on!