Heavenly Father,

I started my 45 minute walk with You early this morning in a quiet neighborhood before the sweltering Oklahoma heat took over this day. It was so perfect. The skies were overcast with clouds providing shade from the intense sun—yet also making it possible to catch a glimpse of Your glory! I had just taken a photo of the sun, which I can usually not look at, peeking through some clouds. It was a sweet picture of Your powerful glory shining through. We may not be able to look directly upon You, but we can see Your glory all around when we look. Probably ten minutes later, I was still basking in Your presence while walking…

In the quiet morning with no traffic, I heard something come up behind my head and it hit the top of my head with such power that it almost knocked me down. While reeling from the physical and mental shock, I watched a large bird fly from my head! I couldn’t believe a bird could have that much power! It was too large and hit too hard to be a blue jay, which are known to swoosh down and attack. I watched the large wing span soar up to the tip of a tall tree not too far from me. It was a hawk! I couldn’t believe I had been attacked by a hawk. I caught a glimpse of my shadow, and saw my hair bouncing around in a “messy bun.” He must have thought I was an animal. Without stopping my walk, I yelled at him, “I’m not an animal!”  Then I jangled my keys at him just so he would know for sure. I continued to make noise with my keys for at least half a block in case he tried to swoop down on me again.

Lord, You reminded me we shouldn’t be surprised when attacks come. They often come when we are basking in Your glory. It can sometimes seem to come out of nowhere, threatening to knock us to our feet. That’s why we need to be prepared and not let the shock of the attack get to us. I knew You were with me; that no matter how much force the attack seems to have, it has no eternal power over me; that I can use Your words to fight with and I can keep on walking with You, trusting You no matter what is going on. The attack might hurt—like my head from the powerful blow of a bird. But I am Yours and You are mine. So I will keep on walking, enjoying Your powerful glory. I’ll just be on guard and prepared to ward off attacks in Jesus’ name!

 

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“Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’” John 11:40

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”  1 Corinthians 16:13-14

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…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…” Ephesians 6:10,11,13 (just read all of it!)

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Prayer Prompt-

Lord, help me be on guard and ready to stand with You when the attacks come…

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