It’s that time of year again.
Time to close the pool.
The crew came yesterday and spent about an hour clearing the pipes so that they don’t freeze and crack during the upcoming winter months.
They turned off what needed turned off. They took the waterfall apart and placed it in my shed for the winter.
They put the big wintery cover on top to protect the pool during the colder months ahead.
As they worked, I worked too.
I clipped what needed clipping in my gardens.
I pulled in a few items and placed them in my shed to protect them from the harsher weather that will be coming in the next few months.
I have a lighthouse that I love. I’ve had it for at least 8 years now and each year I place it behind willowy flowers in my garden. It is so very pretty.
It’s made of wood and as I picked it up yesterday, much of it splintered and broke.
It has sat under hot sun and rains now for 8 years.
I love it enough to still keep it. I’m not giving up on it just yet. I’m going to keep it and make it last for as many seasons as I can.
In my gardens, I also have a rusty old wagon that holds flowers.
I have rusty old buckets that do the same.
This past summer I purchased an antique kids lounge chair made of iron.
It’s painted a cream color and I’m still deciding if I leave it outside to face the winter coming or if I place it in the shed for protection.
Things rust and rot.
That is our material world and I need to accept that.
There is, however, something that does not rot and does not rust.
Ephesians 6 speaks of the armor of God.
It has several pieces that we can, as His children, choose to put on.
“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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish 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. And pray…”
God gives us His armor to put on.
We don’t each have individual armor. It is HIS armor and it will not rust or rot. The Sword of the Spirit is always ready and always sharp. It never dulls or chips.
The Helmet of Salvation protects. It doesn’t become dented or flawed and need returned. The Breastplate of Righteousness can withstand any battle. It will not rust. It will not break. It is enough.
The Shield of Faith has many layers.
The original Roman shield had many layers. It was made of wood and then covered in canvas, leather, and finally iron.
We are all at different stages in our walk of faith, I’m sure.
As we hold us His Shield of Faith…we will see the benefits in our lives.
Other parts of God’s armor include The Belt of Truth and The Shoes of Peace.
In this material world, where things rust and rot, we need to remember that
There is another dimension. It is a dimension that we can not see, but it is there.
I find comfort and peace and confidence when I take up the action of putting on God’s armor. It’s not my armor. My armor will never be enough and I will stumble and trip over my own shoes! Put on God’s armor. I can do that.
Thank you Lord that your armor is enough.
Thank you that it will not rust or rot.
It will not break or fail me.
You will never fail me.
You are enough.