Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Knight and The Damsel in Distress

Okay, maybe Martha isn't REALLY the Damsel in Distress (not for the moment-at least!), but doesn't she look the part?  If you could have seen her face a few minutes before this picture was taken, you would think she really WAS the Damsel in Distress!

And here is my "Fearless?" Knight!  His armor isn't shining yet - we're still working on that polish!  But he is learning to be the "Defender of the Realm" and "Mommy's Chief Protector"!  Pray for Daddy!

Now you are wondering how all this came started with Ian's birthday!  God bless whoever it was that gave him that sword for his birthday!  (I inwardly groaned when I saw it come out of the package.) Then I outwardly groaned as his first action with his sword was to stab his beloved Mommy!  SIDE NOTE:  Isn't it amazing how GOD sets the difference between boys and girls and ingrains it into the very fibers of their beings - even before they are born?
Back to my story....I could see something had to change - how could my beloved son "stab" his Mommy?  On Monday morning, I "knighted" him.  Yesterday morning, Daddy gave him the box my new kitchen clock came in (I'll post a picture sometime).  Then we were inspired with the idea of turning the box into a shield  - as you can see.  Isn't it great what you can amuse a 2 year with - empty box, black marker, and string!  His "helmet" is his "Tio Frank hat" - that is exactly what Ian calls it!  Tio Frank gave it to him for his birthday (to Mommy, it is the most precious of all his gifts that he received.)

I officially "knighted" him, made the royal proclamation that he is my Defender and Protector, and sent him forth on his first crusade!  At this point he has more zeal than knowledge, and woe to the person who gets in front of him and his sword!  He has NO mercy!  As you can see, when Martha came home from school, I had a "Damsel in Distress" hat ready and waiting for her - now to train her to become a "Lady in Waiting" not just a "Damsel in Distress"!
It is amazing how God can use even "child's play" to teach us.  As I have been typing this, I have been thinking how someday there will be a young lady waiting for her "Knight in Shining Armor."  Someday my son will be that young lady's "Defender and Protector."  Praise the Lord I have God on my side as I train my "Knight" to serve the Lord, and get his armor (character) polished now so it will be good and shiny when God brings that "Damsel in Distress" into my young Knight's life.
And the same God helps me train my "Damsel in Distress" to become a "Lady in Waiting" - waiting on God in every area of her life-including waiting on God to bring her future "Knight in Shining Armor"!

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