My husband has been very busy in and out of many churches lately. God has blessed him with so many contacts that I can barely keep their names straight. One church wants him to lead worship on a Sunday morning, and then another for a Sunday night. Because of this, my children are shuttled from one new church to another. Thank the Lord that he did not give me children that were terribly shy like me. They are having a blast! Lucy (my 4 year old daughter) loves to make new friends, and Teddy (my 2 year old son) is enjoying all the new activities that the churches offer.
Last Sunday night we were at Waterline Church for Roger to help with worship. I dropped the kids off, signed them in, got a sticker with their name and a code in case they needed me (BTW, it helps if you DO NOT worship with your eyes closed in case the code flashes across the screen and you don't notice it). I enjoyed the entire service...and it was wonderful (again, keep your eyes open!). When it was finished, I went to pick up my children...and Teddy walks out with a sticker that reads: Your child was prayed for today.
My first thought was, "Teddy, what did you do?!?!" ;)
But that sticker has been sticking with me all week--pun not intended...but it is cute. What would happen if all the people I prayed for suddenly had a sticker appear on them that read: Don't worry! You've been prayed for today!
So that poor woman sitting at her cubical, thinking that nobody cares how terribly her heart is aching looks down and notices a scrap of white that reads: You've been prayed for today...and JESUS DOES KNOW. He is going to make it okay!
The newly married man that doesn't know how to adjust between passion, talent, love and work to a husband that needs to meet another person's needs as well as his own...a sticker appears that reads: Even though you don't feel it, someone is praying for you and God is going to help you!
To the couple that is struggling to make ends meet and keep their lights on and their children in their home, their sticker appears even as the tears are falling and it reads: I prayed for you today. Jesus sees your tears. He WILL NOT let them go uncounted...He WILL honor them...He knows your way out!
What would happen if all the people out there that feel so lonely and struggle to keep believing in a God that rescues and loves unconditionally began to be covered in stickers that said: I am praying for you! God will deliver you! You are NOT alone! Keep fighting! He will hold your hand!
What might happen if in my weakest moments, when I don't feel like smiling...a sticker appeared on me that said: Don't give up hope, dear heart...because I prayed for you today.
Maybe we could all relax a little and breathe deeper, filling out lungs with His peace...
Maybe we could take another step, put one foot in front of the other...and carry on with our chin a little higher than it was...
Perhaps we would be cloaked in His warmth, shielded by His angels, nestled in the palm of His hand and empowered by an unknown person's simple prayer...
So, I want to cover people in invisible stickers that will fuse together like armor of God, toughening them, strengthening them in peace and our King's mercy. I want to close my eyes and picture my family and friends walking about their day slowly being covered with white stickies and post-it notes that reaffirm God's promises to never leave us to battle this world on our own. And that mental pictures...it fills me with such joy that I giggle. :)
"Put on the fill armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 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...stand." ~Ephesians 6:11-13
There are days I don't have the strength to dress myself in armor...or even dress myself. Period. Some days...I forget to utter a prayer for strength. But I believe that when I pray for others...those stickers really do become like armor for them. "We have the power to help," from the mouth of my incredibly smart 4 year old.