Satan, the dragon of evil, often rears up on his back legs and blows some hot, stinky breath all over us, doesn’t he? At times he scorches our sails and threatens to tip our boatload of peace. However, time in the Word reminds us that God doesn’t allow Satan to give us more than we can handle. He has a remarkable way of dousing Satan’s flames by inflating our sails with the breath of His cool, sweet Spirit. God’s willingness to send messages of encouragement through faithful acts of others causes me to smile, while overwhelming me with tears.
Just a couple of weeks ago, my dad had to endure a crisis while hunting. Then last Saturday, my mom was rushed to the hospital. (That’s why there was no blog last week.) Both Mama and Daddy are recovering, but prayers and acts of kindness from many of you have not gone unnoticed. You have helped teach me new ways of serving through your faithful examples. Simple acts of kindness really do mean the most. Thank you for letting God blow His fresh breeze of love across each of us.
Then on Sunday, jubilation came!! Four generations of our family witnessed my grandson Camden’s baptism. He had given his heart to Jesus and was ready to symbolically bury his selfishness in order to resurrect a surrendered life anxious to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead. Camden’s heart is still young and Satan will no doubt come after him time and time again. That hot, stinky breath will blow all over him, but I have faith in the Flame-douser. I know firsthand God will chill Satan’s breath because I’ve seen it turn to ice and fall to the ground many times.
My grandmother assignment is to eagerly tell Camden (and my other grandchildren) about the times God has come to my rescue, and then joyfully demonstrate how amazing living for God really is. I don’t want to forget what life was like at his age – no matter what age he grows to be. I want to be tender with his heart, but ferocious when Satan comes after him. I want him to know what grace is all about. Understanding grace will give him confidence, security, and a passion to tell others about Jesus. I feel sure he will in turn inject me with a healthy dose of passion and enthusiasm as I listen to his many adventures with God.
God has great plans for Camden – and all of us! Ready? Set? Go!