I still had the appointment I needed to get to and so I left the access to our home wide open. Our garage was open to anyone (thief) and anything (cat with a full bladder) who might want to get in.
After Rob came home from work last night, he put the bolts back in and we gave the door a test run. “Pop! Plunk. Plunk.” Both bolts came out again and the panel came off its track again. Someone else would have to fix the door and restore our protective barrier and peace of mind.
The garage people have come and gone but they found that the bolts popped out because the spring that pulls the door up and back down along with the pulley and track had sprung. The spring had sprung (or broken) completely into two parts and would need to be replaced. Fortunately they had the necessary supplies and tools to get the job done and all is well now. The garage door can be shut again and thus that barrier of protection is back in place.
All this caused me to go back and remember yesterday’s post regarding memorizing Scripture.
Our minds are like the garage. Good thoughts and bad are birthed there.
We each need a “garage door” over our individual minds to protect us from wrong and deceitful thoughts coming in and taking over, and robbing us of our joy in Christ. The Word can serve as our garage door of defense and offense. By memorizing Scripture we are putting a helmet over our minds (heads). (See Ephesians 6:10ff for more verses pertaining to the armor we believers need to dress in daily). We are able to lift our shields or faith in order to extinguish the fiery darts of the enemy as he directs wrong thinking and lies at our minds. By knowing Scripture we are able to refute his lies and his lies are deflected off of and out of our minds. With proper armor we are not giving him direct access. We have a protective barrier between him and our minds. He is crafty and is sure to find other ways to get in from time to time but at least we are transforming our minds with the Word of God and keeping the bolts and springs in our garage doors so they can close and open as needed.
I never know where a post is headed most days but God is faithful to give me teachable moments to remind myself (and you) of how important it is to be in the Word, studying it, memorizing it, praying it back to Him and applying it.
I want a mind that is guarded in Christ Jesus. His Word hidden in our hearts by memorizing helps guard our minds so that we can have peace in the midst of attack, testing, and trial.
How is your garage door?
Is it squeaky with rust? Time to get out the oil and soak the track, bolts and screws. Maybe you need to soak in the Word. Maybe your time in the Word is a bit rusty (and dusty). Your mouth is more grumbly than your heart at peace.
Is it falling off the track? Better check your spring. Due to the stress of it trying to pull its own weight it is sure to rupture and snap. Are you stressed to the max? About to burst? Perhaps it’s time to take a look at some verses and meditate prayerfully on them so you can be restored and realize you are not in this battle alone.
Are the bolts going to fly off because of the main spring stress? Maybe you are trying to transfer the blame to something or someone else and you need to confess some sin and get right with God.
Is the door off its hinges completely and you have no protective barrier between you and the influences of the enemy and the world?
Whatever your specific situation, you might fit one of those above descriptions or you can think of another analogy that fits your specific situation.
The common theme is this; the Word, the Word, the Word. Know it. Memorize it. Pray it. Live it.