By Christy Lowman
Did you know that God made animals with armor? One animal has armor that covers its entire body except for its tummy. It comes in many different colors: pink, red, black, gray, and yellow. This animal is nocturnal, and an omnivore, which means it will eat pretty much anything! Have you figured out what animal I am talking about?
If you guessed an armadillo, you are correct!
There are 21 different varieties of armadillos. The smallest is called the pink fairy and weights about three ounces. The largest is called the giant armadillo and can weigh as much as 120 pounds! The three-banded armadillo is the only one that can tuck its body and change its shell to look like a ball to keep predators from eating them. Most armadillos dig holes to cover their unprotected hairy bellies leaving only their armor sticking out when threatened. The screaming hairy armadillo has hairs between its armor plates and screams when a predator is near. It also uses its shell to cut animals that try to eat it. The nine-banded armadillo is the only armadillo that lives in the United States. They are the only armadillo that has quadruplet babies each time they give birth, and are the official animal of the state of Texas.
The word armadillo is Spanish, and means “little armored one.” Their body is barrel shaped; they have pointy shovel-like snouts, and have a long sticky tongue to eat termites and ants. Sharp claws and strong legs make digging burrows easy. Their eyesight is bad so they use their hairs as feelers, and their sense of smell to help them get around. Armadillos live mainly in warm areas of the world due to their lack of body fat to keep them warm.
You can eat armadillos, they say it tastes like pork, but I highly don’t recommend it! Armadillos carry the bacteria that cause the disease leprosy, which you could catch from eating or handling them. This is the very same leprosy that is mentioned in the Bible, and has no cure.
Did you know that an armadillo’s armor is so strong that there have been stories of men that have shot them, and the bullet didn’t go through the shell? In fact, the shell was so strong that it sent the bullet bouncing back to the shooter! Now that is some mighty strong armor!
When I think of armor, I think of a knight in the Lord’s army fighting for the Lord against evil. I see him being confident that nothing can stop him because he is protected by the Lord with the armor that He gave him, resting assured that good always wins over evil. Did you know that God really has given us armor to put on daily to help us fight our battles against the devil? We will talk about the individual pieces at a later date. Isn’t it awesome that God loves us so much he equipped us with armor to make it through each day against things we encounter? It might be a bully at school, or the dreaded stomach bug, or being scared of a thunderstorm. There are tons of things that we encounter each day but rest assured you are not doing it alone! God is with you always and will protect you in whatever you might endure!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6: 10-18 ESV
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV
Dear Lord, I pray that you will show each child how to use Your armor. I pray that they will always have comfort in knowing that you are with them always no matter what. Help them be strong, brave and tough skinned like the armadillo in whatever they face. In Jesus’s precious name I pray AMEN.