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. Ephesians 6:10-13
This may be taking “finding God in the ordinary” a little too far, but it’s my life. A world of Legos, painting finger nails, ninja’s and stuffed animals. The joys of having both a boy and a girl.
As I was reading my son his favorite book The Official Guide to the Lego Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu, I found God. Now, I have to admit, the first time I read this I considered writing a blog about it, but said to myself, “that is way too far out.” After reading it again last night and having the same reaction I knew I must write. After all, my world this year has been “joy” and out of joy comes tranquility. Here is what I read:
“One of the most peaceful and beautiful spots in all of Ninjago, the Forest of Tranquility, is a heavily wooded area with abundant wildlife, food, and water. Over the centuries, it has been home to many of those who prefer to be one with nature rather than dwell in cities or villages. It is a most unusual place. Life remains balanced here, despite the absence of any kind of predators. Although there is little rainfall, fruit grows on the trees and other plants thrive as well. It is difficult, in such a place, to imagine that the world is being stalked by skeletons from the Underworld. Perhaps, in the midst of our adventures, I will make time to allow my ninja to rest in this place for an evening. It might well calm their spirits before our true battle begins.”*
I couldn’t help but think – this sums it all up. This life we live, putting on the armor of God, battling the adversary. Clinging to His truth and protection. This is the essence of what God offers. The marrow. He wants to fill us up from the inside out with comfort and peace – joy and tranquility. Oh, to bask in the Father’s light and protection.
So, my brain translates that paragraph about the Forest of Tranquility like this:
One of the most peaceful and beautiful spots I have ever experienced, the shadow of my Heavenly Father’s wings, He provides manna, provision and all one needs to survive. Over the centuries, it has been home to many of those who prefer to rely only on God rather than self. It is a most unusual place and difficult to find. Life remains balanced here, despite worldly things that pull and tug for attention. Although there is no fee, no special form, no price to pay to enter everything thrives and is vibrant. Everyone is welcome to enter. It is difficult, in such a place, to imagine that the world is being stalked by roaring lion. The ruler of the darkness. Perhaps, in the midst of our day, we will make time to allow our hearts and minds to rest in this Holy Place. In His written Word. His mighty presence. It might well calm our spirits before the battle begins.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
*Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu Official Guide, Greg Farshtey, The Lego Group, Scholastic, pg. 87-88