KAIDO – My son Kaiden is currently five years old, about to be six. He is incredible. He is a ball of energy. His favorite thing to do is to wrestle daddy. It starts as soon as my eyes open in the morning. Kaiden has on occasion climbed up into our bed and done a cannon ball straight into my stomach while I was asleep. Not a great way to start my morning…or is it the BEST way to start my morning? Hmmm. Needless to say, he is the only person who can get between me and my coffee. It’s all in good fun though. He will make appointments with me to wrestle. Kaiden has a little OCD in his blood. If I tell him I am too busy to wrestle, things do not go well. He is such a huge fan of mixing it up, that there are times when I come home that he will hide somewhere in the house. The older he has gotten, the better his stealth mode has become. He will only reveal himself when he does a flying dragon kick off of the couch, chair, table…you name it and he has jumped off of it. I never know from which direction he will fly when I come home with my computer bag slung over my shoulder, coffee tumbler in hand and glasses on my face. I just have to be ready for him no matter what.
Have you ever seen some of the old Peter Sellers “Pink Panther” movies? You know, the one with Cato in them. His roommate and friend Cato, who is an expert in Martial Arts, is charged with the duty of attacking the Pink Panther at any time of day just to keep his reflexes sharp. The problem is, Inspector Clouseau can’t stop him from attacking when it is inconvenient. Cato is always on the attack. I feel like that at my house sometimes. I love my son and I love wrestling with him because it is a TON of fun. However, there are times when I’ve had a bad work day, I’m running low on steam or I just need to get my head together after a long day and Kaiden will STILL fly off of the couch, ready to throw down! It can be exasperating.
That is how Satan operates against us. No, I don’t think my son is Satan. I love that little guy like nobody’s business. My son…not Satan. Just for clarification. It’s a comparison people. Seriously though. The Devil operates against us in the very same way. He is relentless in his pursuit to destroy us and then uses us as instruments of brokenness against others.
1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
That’s messed up right? He won’t take a time out or a day off. He absolutely will not stop. He’s like the Terminator. He doesn’t take your feelings into consideration or what kind of mood you are in. As a matter of fact he will use those things against you and to his favor because he is your enemy. This makes our job of loving others relentlessly, very difficult. How can we avoid falling into Satan’s traps over and over again? How do we handle attacks from others that seem like they come from him and choose the path of love instead? I’ll talk more about that next time. See yuz.