Dressed for the Occasion

This morning we woke to a gusty breeze accompanied by rain. There wasn’t a lot of rain but it was pretty misty. And so, my kids decided they needed their umbrellas. They ran around the house looking for them. My son found his but my daughter couldn’t find hers. That’s no surprise since she’s such a slob. It’s probably under her bed or hidden under a pile of dirty clothes. She was kind of upset so my son offered to let her wear his jacket. It is a lined jacket that’s waterproof on the outside. She didn’t care if it was a boy’s jacket; she just wanted to be dressed for the occasion. We don’t often have rain in the morning, but she wanted to have the correct attire on.

This morning’s happenings made me think. My kids didn’t know until this morning that it was going to rain. They hadn’t prepared for rain. Although they had what they needed, they hadn’t taken the time to find their things the night before. They had to somewhat improvise this morning. It’s like that in our lives as well. We can prepare for a rainy day only to find out our preparations were not enough. There are times we do all the right things hoping to avoid tragedy only to be met with something we could never have imagined. The fact is, we often find ourselves completely unprepared for the tragedies in life. They come when we least expect them and we find that no amount of preparation would have been enough. What do we do now?

We do as my daughter did. We dress for the occasion. We put on our armor and face our nightmare. God never promised us an easy life. Oh, we strive for that problem free life. And yes, we can avoid some of our struggles by being obedient. I’m talking about temptations and tragedies. The things we thought we could never endure. These are the things we can’t possibly walk through unless we are being led by the hand of Christ. When these times come upon us whether they are temptation, sin or the unexpected, God says we can be conquerors. We will get through it. We will come out on the other side a little wiser, a little stronger, a little more like Jesus.

The Lord calls us to climb the difficult mountains in life. But He equips us with the proper attire. Then He leads us through.

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…” (Eph. 6:11, NIV)


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