Note to self…if you decide to teach a study on spiritual warfare and the armor of God to a bunch of college girls, you will soon learn that Satan will attack like a rabid wolf on steroids who hasn’t eaten in 6 years.
I spent the first 45 minutes of my day feeling muggy and hot. I fixed my hair. I wondered why I fixed my hair as I was so hot it decided to do all things crazy and prove it was a waste of time. Accepted my raging mood due to being hot. Realized my AC had gone out in the night and it was 78 degrees in the house. Spent 15 minutes performing our trick to get it back to working. Realized it was 8:06 by the time I got 66% of the children in the car. Drove to the market because I forgot to pack Hads a lunch and we all know she would’ve died if she had to eat the schools chicken fajitas. Drove to the market. Made a sandwich in the car on the way to school. Dropped her off right as the bell was ringing. Made it to daycare with the little ones 30 minutes late. Felt terrible that I ruined Miss Alisha’s breakfast schedule as I suck at mornings. Got up to my office only to realize all of my supervisors were in a meeting right next door to mine as I come “walk-of-shame”-ing in 40 minutes late to work. My boss walks in to my office, gives me a book on baking bread (as this is a newfound love of mine), I randomly start crying with my boss standing right in front of my desk wondering if he feels like my father did when he encountered my first full blown laugh/cry/laugh mood-swing at 13. Contemplated asking to take a mental health day. (Still wondering why I didn’t.)
Let’s be real, these are extremely minute problems, but sometimes Satan uses the little things to overwhelm us. The broken AC. The flat tire. The inability to think due to the thousands of things on your mind. The frustration. The distraction. The exhaustion. The bitterness. The busy-ness. Whatever it is…recognize that this is not the “real problem”, remember that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12)”, and realize that you have power through Christ to ward off the schemes of the devil!
In the words of Jason Alexander (via his wife Macey), “Satan, you can’t have my day.”