Hey y’all, I hope everyone is doing alright on this awesome Sunday evening. 😊
Mmmkay… so, I recently started getting my “nails did”… LOL. And by that, I mean actually going to the nail salon.
**If you’re a guy and reading… stay with me here… it’ll make sense soon**
My natural nails have grown, significantly (which they often do), and I didn’t want them to break. One of my girls suggested that I get either an
Alright, now if you know anything about the process of having acrylic applied to your nails, you know that you nails must be stripped and drilled in order for the substance to
Now, I know you want to know why you should care. Well, I’ve got an answer for you. See, God is our protector, or, for my analogy’s sake, He places the “acrylic” over our lives. There will always be situations in life that could potentially cause us harm, but as long as we follow His lead and allow Him the chance to cover us, we won’t break. God is our barrier against the elements that surround us. The New Living Translation of Psalms 89:18 says, “Yes, our protection comes from the Lord, and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king.” Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” Growing up, I would hear that scripture quoted and as I got older, I learned the true meaning. Weapons form… oh they form, but the gag is, they cannot prosper against the children of God… they cannot destroy us because He is our “acrylic”, our protector. **PSA: The weapons that are against you now, cannot destroy you because you are protected!!!**
We must make the choice to put on the whole armor of God because, again, we need that acrylic to coat us and keep us from harm and evil. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11). Yep… it’s a choice; just like my going to the nail salon for reapplication. I choose to go in order for the continual protection of my nails. Yes, God loves us and want’s to take care of us, but we must make the choice to live under His protection, under His covering. “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” (Psalms 57:1). Also, remember that stripping and drilling that takes place at that nail shop? Well, that’s real life! God will allow some of those life situations to strip us of what we think we need. And that drilling… that’s our process and through that process, we are shaped and molded into who God designed us to be. Our process… we must go through to get to our promise. See, they make me a promise at the nail salon every few weeks… that I will love my nails and that I will be back. Promises look good! Like that nail polish that they have you pick when you first enter the salon. Yep, as soon as you walk in, state what you’re there for, and sign that
Whatever you do this week, be sure you give God room to protect you. Talk to Him and be honest about your needs and your faults. So often, we tell God what we need and expect Him to provide, yet, we refuse to admit our wrongs and our shortcomings. If you cannot be honest with the One who created you and knows your thoughts before you think them, you are probably not being honest with yourself. **slight rant** Listen… I want God’s best for you… but you gotta want it more. Let Him “strip” you of all that has no place in your life. Embrace the “drilling”, though uncomfortable. And let God “shape” you into who He ultimately designed you to be. Trust me, you need the “acrylic”!
“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” Psalms 27:5
Love y’all (I really do!!!),