Last week I went to a graduation for one of my daughters friends. Although it was not taking place in the summer, all of the normal graduation traditions were present. The stage was set with the podium and microphone. Multiple seats held the dignified guests. The flags of our state and our district were proudly displayed and rows and rows of seats for our young graduating class faced forward towards the stage. Alas the music began. The 2011 class began to proudly walk towards the crowd. People were cheering. Balloons were floating and waving with words of encouragement like, “Congrats” “You made it!” and “Great job” The look of pride on the seniors faces marked a long road of struggle, of overcoming major learning obstacles and having conquered them. They took their seats. The speaker had to wait for the audience to quiet amidst the cheers, shouts and tears. The honor guard presented their colors. The choir sang. The opening speaker took to the mike and began to speak.
And at that moment a major truth hit me. You see, the mascot for the school that we were attending was the Red Devils. The graduation was taking place in the gym and painted on the wall behind the speakers podium was a painted Red Devil. The painting was approximately 18-20 feet in height and about 8-10 feet wide. The painting itself was of a devils face. It was red in color with jagged horns. Its teeth were horrific and misshaped. Its eyes had a sinister glow and look to them. All around the base of its face, different shades and shapes of fire danced and licked around it. The effect was quite evil.
Now sitting opposed to that gruelish figure were our graduating seniors. Proud of their accomplishments and so looking forward to the next chapter opening in their lives. They were hopeful, eagerly listening to any bit of truth or encouragement they could glean from the speakers. I would dare say that most, if not all of them, were so focused on the graduation activities, they did not even see the gigantic evil looming before them. I would dare to suggest that those sitting in the bleachers were equally unaware.
So many times we too are going through life, so focused on our activities and purposes we don’t see the gigantic evil before us. Now I am not suggesting that we become devil watchers. But I want to encourage you to be aware. To be prayerful. To be on guard for your loved ones, family and friends.
1 Pet. 4:8 reads, ”Your enemy the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” The first part of John 10:10 reads,”The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;”
We have a real enemy. He wants to destroy Christians. If he can’t kill us, then he wants to steal from us. If he can’t steal from us then he wants to hurt you by any means possible. Stand guard. Be on alert. Be prayerful. And remember the promise made to us in the second part of John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
We are created to have life and to live it abundantly! Jesus came to secure it and to deliver it. All you have to do is accept it. Come on, what are you waiting for?