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Armor Up!

on January 7, 2013

As you know if you are a regular here at Auntie Em’s, my husband Mr X had a serious motorcycle accident at the end of November. I’m convinced that his wearing protective riding gear– a full-face helmet, riding boots and gloves, and an armored jacket– saved his skin and his life. He wore all the gear all the time, even in the hottest of weather. He learned from a friend, who said, “I’d rather be hot than dead.”

He came out of the wreck unconscious and unable to use his legs to move his body for a whole day– he could move his legs but they wouldn’t lift him up in the ER when they were moving him from gurney to table– but he came out alive, and with absolutely no “road rash” which is so common in a motorcycle accident. The only visible blood was on his face where he (presumably) hit his windshield, which broke his helmet visor.

The gear took the damage of the road instead of my husband. The white marks on the helmet are not reflections; they are where the helmet was scraped down to the bottom layer.


An armored jacket has heavy plastic plates between the jacket and the liner. The outside was torn up, but the plates were intact and did their job. The shoulder and neck:


The back and hip:

jacket back

The bottom of his jeans was torn up but the boot had only a small scuffed area. I can just imagine that his ankle bone would have been shattered.

There is an explicit warning in this post for you if you ride motorcycles: PLEASE, always wear your gear!

Next time I’ll share how this life-saving armor has really got me thinking about God’s protective armor for our lives and marriages. I’m praying that you will put it on and it will withstand the assaults that are thrown at you daily.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…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. Ephesians 6: 11, 14-17

16 responses to “Armor Up!

  1. Virginia says:

    So glad Randy is a safe rider and came through this okay. We love your family and hope your New Year is filled with blessings.

  2. Praise God he came through with minimal damage. I hope he is recovering well.

    • Auntie Em says:

      AMEN! Yes, he’s doing well. He took Christmas vacation with me, and he really needed it. He’d gone back to work but was still having a lot of pain. THANKS!!

  3. optimisticgladness says:

    Excellent analogy! Glad he is doing better. My husband rides also…he is fully suited too. Good post.

  4. Glad to here your husband came through okay. It just breaks my heart when I see people riding motorbikes without any gear! My husband has crashed his bike before too. And yes, its a lifesaver!

  5. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman says:

    Perfect analogy – I am a visual person and this puts it all in place. My armor is a scratched and damaged on the outside as your husbands helmet and jacket, I thank God my soul is well protected! We no longer need helmets in PA – these pictures should be sent around our state as proof they are needed.

  6. […] it, but STOP! (Take a minute and imagine that you don’t have them anymore. Nothing like a motorcycle accident to make you appreciate your spouse! As humans, we have a tendency to not “miss the water til […]

  7. Alicia says:

    Oh, my goodness- what a vivid picture of WHY we need the armor. So glad “Mr. X” had his on! Fun to meet you through Mindi’s link up yesterday. Blessings as you write.

  8. […] is the freedom of a motorcycle ride on a bright sunny day, joy is taking care of your husband after the accident, and knowing that you will always be there for one […]

  9. […] context! (This was only the 2nd time that something has triggered a post in this manner since my husband’s accident back in November. I didn’t really realize it at the time, but I’m pretty sure I had […]

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