My son had a 15th birthday party last Saturday. He invited several friends over for an afternoon of football, basketball, BBQ, cookie cake and birthday fun! I have to say that my son has the MOST respectful and awesome friends around! In fact, they all are going to participate in “Homecoming ” festivities together this evening and enjoy a bonfire after. FUN TIMES!
Well, anyway… It was later in the evening on Oct. 19th…. the sun had gone down and they all decided to play “Capture the Flag”.
In this game … the territory is divided up with an imaginary line. There are two teams with a flag that they HIDE. It has to be visible. Then the two teams try to capture each other’s flag with out being caught and taken to “jail”. If a person is put in jail …then a team member has to come and tag the person to get out. The game is OVER when all members are caught and in jail OR the flag is found …
They asked my daughter to play…. which I thought was super nice!!! THEN!!! They asked my husband and I to play… GASP! Well…..augh…..er…. I um…. have…to….ugh…. OK, we will play! Now my husband is hard core…. He goes and gets on a dark colored sweatshirt….Here I am in white… So, I go and change. We go outside in the back yard and divide up into teams….I was NOT on my son or my husband’s team. (That might tell you something….ha ha) We played our first game…. I felt freeeee and young again… out there under the stars…playing chase…..well….actually… (praying I wouldn’t trip on something…and I was thinking…this ole’ gray mare ain’t what she used to be!) We played two games… the first one … ALL of the other team was in OUR jail and my son was the only one still out. I caught him!!!. OH… YES … I did!!!!!! I caught him…. however… I am sure it was because he was slowed down by the big bush and not my lightening bolt speed! So, we won! We decided to play another round. We hid our flag around the white gutter. It was so camouflaged . (oh, cool I just noticed,,, that ….. “flag” is camouFLAGed in that word)
They had such a hard time finding our flag…We were all playing on defense for SOOO long. I thought we will NEVER get their flag if we didn’t at least make them worry about US . SO… I tip toed around the house …. and hid for a little bit… out kinda far……finally when the coast was clear…. (not that ANY of they boys were worried or concerned that the MOM would find the flag… maybe they forgot I was playing) I snooped around the pool….feeling under the rose bush… around the white fence… the deck… I had come this far…. I REALLY wanted that flag! I knew it was out there… I said a little prayer… “Please??… Lord this would be so funny!” A few seconds later… I stood up… I reached out and… felt a white flag in my hand and I immediately jammed it under my shirt! ( I was in ALL white by this time because my dark shirt was way too hot) So, here I am running in enemy territory… with the flag !! I whispered to Jason as he was snooping on the porch….”I have the flag!!”… “I have the flag”!! I felt so victorious!! I ran around to the driveway where…my team was defending the flag….and announced the game was OVER. My husband was incredulous, by the way!! hee heee ! My son was… in wonder… Say what??? My mom???
I will never forget the night I got to play! …. and….. The next morning, my body would not let me forget ..either! Ha ha!
Well… I tell this story because… it is fun….and funny ..(to me at least… ) I pondered a thought as I was… out there with the flag… running …. I thought about how the devil just wants to STEAL our flag. He is the enemy… he wants to take our white flag and force us to surrender. He wants us to give into his puny lies and sink us into despair and defeat. Well…. here’s a NEWS FLASH! He is defeated! His flag HAS been captured! He is a nothing! The Lord has taken his sting and his victory parade away from him! The Victory has already been announced in God’s word… by and through the blood of Jesus!
1 Cor. 15:55 Oh.. Death, is your victory? OH… DEATH, WHERE is YOUR STING?
The grave could not hold death… The devil is MAD and he wants everyone to run around as if they are in jail… jailed to his schemes!
NEWS FLASH….. the game is OVER… It has already been WON !
Yes, we live in this world…and we need to be able to navigate around the traps and detours….that is why we have a divine GPS! God’s Word!
Enjoy your Victory today! 😉
P.S. My son read this and it was approved! 🙂