"Fire in the hole!"
"aaaaagkhhh…you got me…." *feigns death*
The extra room in our 2nd floor apartment in East Riffa, Bahrain seemed so big to an 8 year-old and his 3 younger siblings. T’was big enough to fit two warring fortresses (my brother’s and my own). Lego pieces hurled from one camp to another and were followed by explosion noises rich with showers of spit. lazers and bullets filled the room in an imaginary cross-fire of chaos. We were the commanders of our own little armies and our youngest brother and sister were our lieutenants.”Lights-on” meant the four of us battled in the day time, and “lights-off” meant the battle was at night and we had to put on our ‘night-vision’ goggles (a.k.a. swimming goggles,papa’s machine-shop eyewear, shades,or whatever we could get our tiny hands on).
"We promise to bring fold back our blankets,mama. As soon as the war’s over." I’d tell mom, answering her eyebrow raised at me for messing up the bed we just made an hour ago. It was a weekend so she cut me some slack and i really needed the blanket to build my fortress.
A cease-fire would be enforced every 5 p.m. because freakazoid and the animaniacs were on. Summer time always meant indoor games because it was too hot to play outside. 48 degree celsius middle-eastern desert heat is no joke. it was a good thing the battle-field was air-conditioned.
Its been 16 years and i can still see the imaginary bullets bouncing off my fortress’ super-duper,heavy duty force-field (the blanket) but today we fight a different battle.
a battle more real and even though the enemy’s bullets are unseen, they inflict very real damage and pain (ephesians 6:12).
The losses has cause soldiers to lose their morale,their will to fight ,and their will to live.
as painful as this everyday battle is, its good to know that we’re on the winning team (matthew 11:12).
that we are armed to the teeth with the finest weapons heaven can provide (Ephesians 6:11).
and if you listen carefully to the commander-in-chief’s orders you are sure to prevail (Joshua 1:8).
We are warriors. (2 Timothy 2:3)
and if we persist and endure,
we can still see the invisible bullets bounce of our “super-duper,heavy duty force field”. (ephesians 6:16)
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*cue music - “cool guys don’t look at explosions by lonely island” :D