When we lived in Korea, we walked everywhere. And my head was at just the right height — not for roller coasters, but for car mirrors. Look away for one second, veer slightly to the left and whack! I banged my head on the mirror attached to the car parked on the side of the street. Objects in mirror are really closer than they appear. Like me. My six-year-old self seriously considered wearing a helmet when we left the house.
When it came time to learn how to rollerblade, my dad was prepared. He did not only give me a helmet, knee pads, and hand pads, he also strapped a big, yellow pool noodle to my rear-end so I wouldn’t hurt myself falling. Wise — creative — dad.
I’m fully grown now, and used to the placement of my body parts, but a few weeks ago, I whacked my head and shoulder on a tree limb while riding horseback. I’m still in pain from it.
“Glad I was wearing a helmet!” I told my horse-riding companion, tapping my head.
“Yeah, maybe we should just wear them all the time in life,” she joked. Maybe we should.
Ephesians 6:17 (NIV) says, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” We’re in a continual war, and the helmet of salvation is so important. It’s tempting to go without. “Just this once.” To feel the wind in our hair, and be able to see the sky without touching our heads to our backs. But accidents don’t come with nice little dates you can mark on your calendar. I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen too many spiritual disasters and surprise attacks happen in life to risk it.
Just as my riding companion has seen — and been in — too many awful accidents to go without a helmet on a horse. We may think it’s okay to be lax about, but the objects in the mirror are often closer than they appear, and pride comes before the fall.
I thought I could duck under the branch that hit me, but I misjudged. My depth perception was off. And often our spiritual perception can be off too. We’re human, after all. Better to be on guard. Better to wear the helmet of salvation all throughout life.
Just because we put it on once doesn’t mean it’s still there. Just because I wore a helmet when I was more of an inexperienced rider doesn’t mean I can take it off now. Just because we were disciplined to don our helmet of salvation every day when we were a new Christian doesn’t mean bombshells won’t come whistling towards us now that we’re more mature in our faith.
So let’s put on the helmet of salvation every single day. Even if people stare. Even if people think we’re being paranoid and overly-cautious. It’s not just optional because you’re over 18. It’s required for everyone. It’s a Biblical command.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello, my name is Sara! I’m seventeen years old, I am a black-mold fighter, and I like to read, write, act, make jewelry, and have adventures. Most of which tend to be with my family whether it’s a long hike up a mountain or a fun new board game. I’m the author of He’s Making Diamonds: A Teen’s Thoughts on Faith Through Chronic Illness, and I also write for Th!nk magazine, a free, online, Christian magazine: mythinkmag.wordpress.com. One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 34:5: “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”