Plastic Armor and Wooden Swords: Prepare for Battle

Homemade Warrior

I have a 7-year-old son who is … well, a boy. That’s the best way to put it, really. He likes mud and bugs and Transformers and wrestling with his Dad on the floor and making his own sound effects when he pulls a cool move … and believe me, he’s got a lot of moves.

He also loves knights and castles and dragons and swords, running through the house rigged out in his plastic armor and helmet, flourishing a wooden sword above his head, chasing invisible enemies.

Nearly everything he gets his hands on becomes a weapon. Almost every move he makes is a new “battle” maneuver.

Last week my husband and son and I were riding in the car on our way to church. I looked into the backseat and saw that my son had brought his sword with him. He was sitting calmly with it laid across his lap, his hand on the hilt.

“Wow,” I said, smiling. “You’re ready for battle, huh?”boy in armor2

Without skipping a beat, he answered somberly, looking right at me, “I’m always ready.”

And that was that.

Except that it wasn’t.

Because I … being who I am … started thinking about that.

Prepare For Battle

To be ready for battle at all times … that struck a familiar chord somewhere in me. To be primed to fight at a moment’s notice. Not to fight without reason, of course. But, like my son, to fight that invisible enemy, the one who lurks in the shadows, just out of sight. The one who would poison and destroy every good and godly thing in us and in our lives.

Every day is a battle, really, isn’t it? Every day we have to pick up our swords and prepare to defend our hearts. Battle for our very souls. Every waking hour of our existence, from birth to death, we have to live with a sword in our hand, ready to raise it against anything that would threaten to separate us from our Leader.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11)

What a powerful message that was to me, seeing my son’s bright innocent eyes looking at me. “I’m always ready.”

His little heart will know soon enough the dark enemy he faces. The adversary who wants his heart. And no wooden sword will stand against that enemy. What a heart-rending thing to think about. For a mother, a nearly heartbreaking thought …

… but for one thing.

“Do not fear or be dismayed … for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)

Yes. The battle is not ours. Thank heaven. Thank God.

If we’re in His ranks, it’s won already. All we need do is don our flimsy armor and brandish our homemade swords and stay on that battlefield till the bitter end. Show God our hearts are where they need to be, even though our strength is not our own, but borrowed from Him.

If God is with us, who can be against us? And God will be with us. Because the battle belong to Him.

One day my son will put away his wooden sword. He’ll tuck it into his toy box for the last time, too old for childish games. I hope that when he leaves the battle of his imagination, he will understand the true battle he prepares to engage in. I pray that when he steps onto the field and joins the fray, he will be wearing God’s armor. That no matter what dangers surround him, his eyes will always be upon his Leader… the One who has vanquished the enemy already.

11 thoughts on “Plastic Armor and Wooden Swords: Prepare for Battle

  1. I loved this post, Ashlee. It brought back so many memories! I once had a little boy just like yours, so heroic and ready for battle. Today he turns thirty years old, and he is just as heroic now as he was then–a decorated war veteran and a man of honor. Children grow up so quickly and must make so many difficult choices. May your son walk hand-in-hand with God and grow to recognize the grit and the glory of spiritual warfare, which goes unseen and unappreciated by the world.

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    1. Jill, thank you so much! It’s good to know that those “ready for battle” boys grow into heroic and honorable men. That is definitely what I pray for my son every day. And a joyous birthday to your son! Our country couldn’t exist without him and all the others like him.


    1. Thank you so much, Deborah! He is pretty adorable, actually … and that’s completely objective, of course! 😉 I was homeschooled myself, so it seemed a natural decision to make for my own son when the time came! We’ve had a blast so far!


      1. I’ll bet it is! I remember when I graduated (eons ago, basically!), and what a feeling of promise it gave me … the whole world before me, God at my side, so many possibilities! What an exciting time of life 🙂


  2. Thank you for sharing this post Ashlee. I adored the boldness of your son and his grand wisdom at such a young age. I did not have a little boy who played with swords,
    but I did have a couple of little girls who grew up and have survived a few battles of their own with help by the sword of the Spirit. I truly hope and pray that you will continue to write a whole box full of books with different covers! I believe you will. Blessings! A Reader

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  3. Cael is a great kid! I concur with Deborah’s word choice: adorable. The shocking thing is that the battle is not what we think. When we are young, we stand back to back with King David, fighting a horde of Philistines until our hand freezes to the sword.

    Yet as we grow older, we must realize that the most effective use of a sword is on ourselves in an essential death to self. The dagger must be plunged into our own hearts. This takes more courage and valor than killing a mighty Philistine. We fear this death more than physical death…

    I pray that Cael, and my kids too, will learn that the most heroic thing we can do in this world is to repeat the words of our Master, “Not my will, but Thine”. There lies the true battle and the measure of a man…


  4. Really your son is too bold to handle this battle ready sword. I would love adore his charming boldness at this age since not many children at this point of time love to play with swords at least..


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