Earlier this week, I saw a rather odd sight. I was driving behind a woman on a motorcycle. She had on a short sleeve shirt, jeans, and shoes...not exactly the most protective clothing.
What was most noticeable, though, was that she was not wearing a helmet. The ironic thing is that there was a helmet on the back of the motorcycle that she could have been wearing.
I found it strange that, even though it was readily available, this woman chose not to put on the helmet. I know that if I ever had a motorcycle, I would always wear a helmet. (I also know that this is a mute point, because Monica says I will never have a motorcycle.)
If this woman had been involved in an accident, she probably would have regretted this decision. The EMT’s, doctors, nurses, police and everyone else would also probably wonder why she wasn’t wearing the helmet.
Here is my thinking: she has something that can make all the difference in the world should the unthinkable happen...yet she refused to put it on. I don’t know why...maybe it would not have looked as “cool” to be wearing a helmet?
In life, when “the unthinkable” happens do you have your protective gear on? What protective gear is that, you ask? Well the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the readiness of the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit (see Ephesians 6:13-17).
Too often, though, when “the unthinkable” happens we are caught unprepared and unprotected. Perhaps we think that wearing this armor isn’t “cool” or maybe we figure we can do without some of the various parts...after all, “the unthinkable” only happens to other people.
Paul tell us, “Take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” If you want to survive the daily attacks of the devil (both those that are “thinkable” and “unthinkable”), you have to wear the armor.
Oh, and don’t forget about Ephesians 6:18...where Paul adds an additional component to the armor, “...praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
Don’t be caught unprepared. Don’t be caught unprotected. Put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to withstand the “unthinkable.