They knew their job. They knew their mission. Their commitment was unwavering, and their joy in the journey was contagious. They loved what they did and it showed. What they delighted in was seeing the one they were protecting in blessed assurance that she was indeed safe and secure under their watchful diligence.
Their armour and weaponry was custom made. In fact, they made it themselves: armour out of cardboard and tin foil, weapons out of wood. David was 8 and Benjamin was 7. They were patrolling our property on the lookout for threats to their mother - their queen. Anne was sitting in her favourite chair in the living room, relaxing while reading a book.
Once on each patrol rotation around the property the boys would pass by Anne and bang on the window to ensure she was aware of their efforts, happy with their mission. They loved her loving them. She loved them loving her. Their protection was a practical demonstration of their love for their mother.
It was a beautiful picture of what naturally resides in the heart of a boy - to protect those they love. Especially their mother, the one woman they love more than any other on the face of the earth. There is something in the heart of every boy to protect his mother.
This childish desire is reflective of a critical role my sons will grow up to provide to their future wives: protection. Oftentimes what we see played out in the lives of our sons demonstrates a much deeper desire planted in their hearts by God. Boys are not pretending to be warriors; they are practising to be warriors.
As husbands we need to be aware of the warfare that surrounds us, our wives, our families, our churches, our companies, our communities, our countries - all of life. The reality is that the spiritual opposition set against us is also set against our wives and families. We must engage in spiritual warfare on behalf of our wives. Not because our wives do not have authority is Christ, or because they are not able to fight on their own behalf. No, it's because we carry a God-given covering for our wives.
You are not called to rescue your beauty. Only Jesus is the rescuer of your wife. You, however, are her freedom fighter. You are called to an ongoing fight for the increasing freedom Jesus has for you and for your wife. You fight for and with her to appropriate all that God has for her, and for others through her. As husbands we must wear the mantle of our God-given authority to fight against the attacks of the enemy.
As husbands we provide a spiritual covering for our wives meant to protect them, not to Lord it over them. We are freedom fighters, called to fight on behalf of our wives and help lead them to the freedom that Jesus, their rescuer, has for them.