Watermelon used to be a definite guessing game at our house. Ripe or not ripe? We couldn’t tell. Finally someone taught us that ripe melons have a bright shine on top and a definite yellow on the under side. Ah-ha!
In real life, yellow belly denotes cowardice but in the melon world, it’s a sign that a melon grew to its full potential, fully nurtured, with its back pressed into the earth. No early picking and ripening on a long truck ride from the sunny south for that one.
Check out our key to a bright shiny top in Ephesians 6.
Ephesians 6:14-17- Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (NIV).
Notice that armor only covers a full frontal attack. Who has our back? Oh, I bet you guessed.
Just like that yellow belly watermelon, our nurturing shows most when we press ourselves into the One who has our back…..
Ephesians 6:10-12- And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels (MSG).
Prayer: Lord, Thanks for full armor of God but Lord, especially we thank you for keeping our back, so that when the day of evil comes, we may be able to stand our ground. Amen. (Ephesians 6:13-NIV).