While growing up, every now and then our week-ends were filled with my dad’s impromptu visits to see friends or family. Each spontaneous visit was always guaranteed to have rich interactions and loads of fun especially when my cousins were involved. One of dad’s memorable occasions led to an unscripted outing to Champoeg Park, situated at the south bank of the beautiful Willamette River. My cousin Dori and I were full of giggles and anticipation, who wouldn’t be? We were together and going to the river! a rather winning combination. It never once crossed my mind I was unprepared without a pair of tennis shoes I normally wore to protect my feet against the riverbed’s sharp rocks.
Once we arrived, Dori and I wasted no time jumping into the cool refreshing water splashing and swimming with sheer delight, soaking up the rays of a serendipitous day. Suddenly out of blue I was stopped in my tracks unable to swim any further. Somehow quite unaware I had stepped onto a rusty fishing hook still attached to the line. The line itself was trapped beneath a heavy rock preventing me from swimming away. Grabbing my foot I carefully examined my big toe that now had a hook deeply embedded pulling at my flesh. Not feeling courageous enough to remove it on my own I called out to my dad, who was on the shoreline. He gallantly came to my rescue, skillfully removing the hook, meeting me at my point of need. What freedom to be instantly released from the troubling impediment that kept me from venturing beyond its’ narrowing limitations.
God is like that, coming to our rescue when we become entangled whether knowingly or unknowingly. My life has had its’ fill of hooks where the enemy has gotten a toehold in some area of my life, hindering my freedom for kingdom mobility. Whether my wrong thoughts, attitudes, holding on to unforgiveness too long or allowing fear to stop me in my tracks.
Each day I’m becoming increasingly more aware of my need to daily put on the *full armor of God, resisting the enemy’s goal: “to hook, line and sink (her or him)”. “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” John10:10Amp. God’s desire is to bring overflowing, unobstructed life for His Kingdom purposes and our joy. What an awesome truth we can stand on hook free!
Lord, thank you that your love is so full and complete. That you care about every detail in our lives, even knowing the exact number of hairs on our head. Your love redeems and rescues us in every situation no matter how big or small. Thank you for the freedom and victory that comes when we call upon your name and you respond with unrelenting love and tenderness.
Footnote: * 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. 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 firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)