Salve for Souls

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


The Jewel of God's Power
(Sample devotion from "Where Your Heart Meets God's," available from Helping Hands Press.)

" God has rolled up his sleeves. All the nations can see his holy, muscled arm. Everyone, from one end of the earth to the other, sees him at work, doing his salvation work" (Isaiah 52:10, The Message).

I wasn't expecting a fight the morning I set out to visit my mother at her home in Queens, New York. I was busy pushing my daughter in a stroller, plus holding my sleeping infant son and an over-stuffed diaper bag.

Photo by David Reigada
Our trip involved riding the New York City subway and I was already exhausted as we stood on the platform, crowded with commuters on their way to work. At last, I heard the train thundering through the tunnel. When it screeched to a stop, the crowd pushed toward the door. Hemmed-in by towering adults, my daughter cried in fear and I found myself struggling.

A smartly dressed couple among the commuters was soon beside me.

"May I help you?" the man in a business suit asked.

"That would be great" I replied, moving the diaper bag his way.

"No!" he growled, shoving it away. "I'll take that little boy."

I felt large hands wrapping around my son and pulling. My arms tightened like a vise.

This all happened in a matter of seconds while the crowd was disappearing into the subway car. I knew its doors would soon close, leaving my children and me at the mercy of this couple who I knew would stop at nothing to accomplish their evil.

As the last few people filtered away, great strength came from somewhere outside myself and I yanked my son free. I dashed into the train with my children. We barely squeezed through the closing doors.

My heart pounding, I dropped onto the one empty seat, my daughter still wailing and my son still blissfully asleep—his face peaceful as a cherub. But the incident woke me up to the evil around us. Though not yet a Christian, I realized I must have had angelic assistance wrestling my baby from this larger, stronger man, likely stalking the city for babies to sell, or worse. Until that point, I had felt immune from such dangers.

Photo by David Reigada
Years later, I realize how much we are all subject to danger, but also to attack from demonic forces, which prowl the earth, ravenous for prey. In John 10:10, Satan is called a murder and a thief. If we are not prepared, he will steal what he can, even our treasure of communion with God through impressions, visions and dreams.

And this enemy doesn't come with horns and a pitchfork. Like the couple who tried to kidnap my son, the thief can come in a suit, with a smile and smooth words. He will try to instill doubt, as he did Eve, in the Garden of Eden. "Did God really say …?"[i]

I remember a pastor saying, "Don't let the devil steal your lunch." I would add, don't let him steal your dreams.

Pearl to Ponder: How do you interpret these words of Jesus? "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10, NIV).

Love Nugget: Hold on tight to your dreams, just as God is holding onto you.

[i] Genesis 3:1 (NIV)
Where Your Heart Meets God's devotional is available from Helping Hands Press: 
 How could a dangerous encounter with a bear possibly lead to a castle and romance? Find out in Flora's romance novel, "Love's Sweetest Revenge,"also available from Helping Hands Press.


  1. You are right, Flora! It just goes to show that it is vital to pray in our encounters with the devil. But we need to fight too! The Scripture reads: "Resist the devil and he will flee." Thanks for your sharing!

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words. It was more than adrenaline that fought those people off. I now know it was the Lord. Who knows what that couple would have done to my son.