A friend made an interesting offer; “Take my armor with you. You are going to need it today.” Given the day ahead, I knew they were right. It was going to be a tough day. Uncertainty dominated every appointment. Fear mixed with confidence. While I knew I was prepared, I could not be certain it was enough. Answers were somewhere, hiding in unusual places.
At the time, I took the offer without much thought. As I look back on the day knowing I have survived, I find myself preparing for the future. I know there is more within me than I realize. There are reminders. Words and experiences shared with friends. Experienced shaped values and priorities I hold close to my heart. Statements of old wisdom fathers are held in my memories; “This is exactly what Christ promised: eternal life, real life! I’ve written to warn you about those who are trying to deceive you. But they’re no match for what is embedded deeply within you—Christ’s anointing, no less! You don’t need any of their so-called teaching.” (1 John 2.26)
Each piece within forms the shape of the armor you and I begin today with. It is easy to forget. It is natural to think along two extremes; that we can do it on our own or that need something that is not available.
Within you and I we have a well that we can draw on. Additionally, there are others willing to help. Our shield against adversity is strong. My realization led me to reach for what is here before I went out into the unknown. No matter how behind schedule I may be, taking time to recharge and focus is time well spent. I know I need this time. As I look out on the new day’s sun, I realize that I have the gift of others within me.
Each experience and memory we share is a priceless gift. The way I can begin the repayment is two-fold. I can give my armor to another. I can live out compassion, love, and acceptance.