Thursday, June 23, 2011

SPF Jesus

'The Lord watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.  The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.'  Psalm 121:3

Last week while we were at the beach, I experienced the worst sunburn ever!  This comes from a girl who used to lay out on the trampoline with baby oil slathered all over her.  I had even put on SPF 30 (might've even been 50) that morning, or so I thought, and reapplied like a good girl should do.  This burn was so intense I couldn't even lay in the bed without the feeling of needles sticking into my back.  When I looked in the mirror, my back didn't even really appear to be red!  What kind of sunburn was this?

Thankfully, the burning sensation was better the next day and I was able to go back out into the sun (with SPF 70 on this time).  When I started memorizing Psalm 121 as part of the bible study on fear I am doing this summer, I came to verse 3 and the sunburn analogy jumped out at me. 

You see, Jesus is our sunscreen and Satan is the sun.  Satan tries as hard as he can to get into our head and burn us with his lies.  If we're slathered up good with the word of God, like we should be, then his lies just bounce right off and don't absorb into our heart.  But girl, beware if you go out into the sun without a good SPF of Jesus on your mind.  The devil's lies will seep into your heart quicker than you can say *Ouch* and sear right into your heart.

I've decided that God allowed me to have the awful sunburn so that He could make this point in my life.  I am a tactile/visual learner...plus, anything that causes as much pain as I endured will forever be etched into my brain.  I will put on my SPF Jesus every day when I wake, before Satan has the chance to burn me with his lies-how about you?

5 comments:

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

Great analogy Allison!

I have very fair skin, and the bulk of my hair packed up and left years ago so I completely understand your sunburn story. We all need lotion on the outside, and SPF Jesus on our spirit to keep ourselves from that burning!

Have a Blessed Day!

Lisa said...

I love this analogy, Allison. And I love when God uses something visual to teach us. I want to be covered in Jesus everyday.

Eileen said...

SPF Jesus. I like that! We need to soak in that stuff!!

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Allison. Great analogy!
God bless
Tracy

Ken said...

Great analogy Allison! Me too, I will put on my Sunscreen daily.
Blessings,
Ken