Numerous scenes entered my mind immediately upon reading today’s prompt, unfurl. The flavor of all of them can be … ‘heralded’ by a few scenes:
- Master and Commander: When the Surprise is disguised as a whaler in order to lure the enemy in, and that moment when they unfurl the Union Jack and let loose their barrage
- The Last Samurai: The samurai forces feign a retreat (signaling with colored flags) and the “modern” army pursues them (away from their advantage, the artillery) into an ambush
The Battle of Hastings, 1066, one of my favorites eras: history tells that the Normans also used the retreat ploy to get the Anglo-Saxons to break their line
I’m sure you can see in your mind your own special memories of the proud and valiant unfurling of banners or other pendants. What’s special about them is, I think, the anticipation that has been built up around the momentous event.
It’s a declaration of greatest dramatic effect. A proclamation of all-or-nothing commitment.
I can identify this moment in my own life as July 25, 2008. It was the best and the worst day, the day I tried to quit, the day I was saved for all time.
It was at this point that I began to follow the standard of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With my heart firmly displayed on my sleeve, I began to put on the armor of God.
It is, I think, one of the greatest analogies in all of literature.
Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV)
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
6 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.