A little over three weeks ago, I twisted my ankle pretty severely moving. The timing was horrible. I was moving from a third floor apartment and I had finally gotten into a consistent workout routine. I had also just completed my fastest 2 mile run and was really excited about continuing my running plan that should have had me running a half marathon by November.
About two weeks later, I was able to do the workouts, but had lost stamina. Walking for more than a mile however was about all I could do. Jogging was also very ineffective. All I could do was shuffle and then would have to stop.
Today, I decided to try again. It was a perfect evening to take a stab at it. The rain had subsided along with the heat and humidity. The storm clouds were slowly peeling back to expose a radiant evening sky. The sun was highlighting the clouds and coloring the sky while the empty wet trail below was beckoning the critters out of hiding.
There were several bigger snails traversing slowly on the concrete path. A little cotton tail had center stage until the sight of me gave him stage fright which left him scampering off to hide in the brush. A snake, that was more afraid of me, obviously slithered into the tall grass off to the side until it successfully was hidden from me. And last were my crawfish encounters.
The first crawfish I saw was crawling directly towards me. Upon the approach, I stopped to take pictures of him. He wasn’t too thrilled, but he just kept moving along
On the way back, I thought I was running up behind him. However, this one was different. He had one claw…not two. This one was really intriguing, so again I stopped and pulled out my phone and planted it directly in front of him.
When he sensed the presence of perceived danger, he started to do that back paddle that crawfish do while waving that one claw in the air mightily. He was waving that thing around as if he was swatting flies really trying to scare me off. I chuckled to myself, until I noticed he was coming at me and my phone that was dangerously close to him.
But still, I tried to get a good pic of this crawfish in defense mode and fighting a battle against a giant. And then changing angles slightly, I saw him differently. It was as if I was seeing him with one hand up in church in serious worship using praise as an offensive weapon. It was also as if he was in strong offensive prayer with that one hand up declaring and decreeing victory in Jesus name.
This switch of defense becoming the offense resonated with me so much.
When I’m scared and the battle or the enemy seems so much larger than me, I let fear push me back while trying to fight in my own strength and strategy.
But when I’m trusting in God, I march forward praising, praying, and declaring the victory that God is with me fighting and conquering the giant.
New International Version
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.