Sooo my identity got stolen this weekend.
And believe me, the irony was not lost on me that this happened right after I revealed my identity on this blog.
And after spending countless hours on-hold on the phone with various credit card companies and banks and computer troubleshooters, and online accounts, I was…emotionally exhausted, to say the least.
I was feeling utterly defeated.
And as someone who habitually doesn’t carry cash, I literally had 12 dollars to my name this weekend, with all my credit cards stopped and my bank account put on hold.
Thankfully, by the time you’re reading this, my new cards should have arrived, but let’s just say I learned the value of a dollar this weekend for sure.
I learned that real fast.
And I was texting with my mom, and she said something that really made me think.
She said, that when you’re trying to do God’s will, that road blocks and obstacles will often find their way into the mix.
And, I don’t want to get all…weird on here. But I do think there’s something to that.
Whether it comes in the form of sleepless nights, flat tires, days where nothing goes right, or even identity theft, sometimes you can feel as though the world is working against you.
So what’s a girl to do? Abandon ship? Succumb to defeat? Accept that what I’m trying to do is just not in the cards for me?
No way. That’s what the world wants you to do.
And you know what that also means? It means that what you’re trying to do is important.
I know we’ve all heard it a thousand and one times, but we’ve been given a guidebook, and wearing the Armor of God (Ephesians 6) really addresses this head on.
“Stand firm then, and take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows.”
I’m going to be honest, I don’t really like thinking about this kind of stuff. Truly.
In fact, I will be sleeping with the light on tonight…
But there is nothing more powerful than God. And faith is exactly that: our shield. Our protection. Our defense.
When we know Who we belong to, there is nothing to fear. No road block or obstacle too big.
But we’ve got to be ready for the opposition. We’ve got to realize that as soon as we step out in faith, and try to be His hands and feet to the world, there’s going to be road blocks that pop up.
But living from a place of strength in Him – prepared and ready to stand our ground, an obstacle will be simply that: something that we overcome.
Sure, getting my identity stolen sucked. Royally. And I’m still having to deal with the repercussions. But there are worse things in life.
And I’m not going to let this derail my mission to share His light and love with people.
I will stand firm in faith. I will wear the belt of truth – knowing that God is in control.
Because you can steal my legal identity, but you cannot steal my identity in Christ.
That’s written on my heart. And that’s a password-protected area that no hacker can infiltrate.