A Week Of Scar Prevention

I have a scar under my chin almost two inches long. During my junior year of high school, I wasn't feeling well and asked if I could go to the nurse's office. Unfortunately, I didn't make it that far. I passed out as I was trying to get the classroom door open, cracking my chin open on the glass door. It was easily one of the most embarrassing moments of my teenage years, and I have the deep scar to prove my story.

When I saw my prayer bench after a recent string of storms, I felt that it could tell some stories about scars, too. Once-smooth planks now have dents and dings all over. Even the overhanging trees couldn't keep my bench from getting pummeled by anything and everything flying through the wind.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13

If I had been clad in full metal armor, I wouldn't have cut my chin open and needed stitches. If the prayer bench had been covered by a metal roof, it wouldn't be full of holes and dents. Anything that is covered in strong, sturdy armor will survive whatever attacks it. Scar prevention means covering the exposed, vulnerable areas so they can't be harmed.

Make this a week of covering yourself in the whole armor of God. In the coming days, the enemy will do everything in his power to knock you over, beat you up and wound you so deeply that you give up the fight. But when you face him wearing every piece of protection the Lord provides, by the end of the week you'll be able to claim the victory.

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