If I’m not taking his uniform to the dry cleaners I’m ironing it. And if I’m honest, ironing that thing feels like such an inconvenient chore at times.
But the days we live in now, some women are willing to give anything to be in my position—to iron that annoying uniform just one more time.
Those same women would voluntarily wake up extra early just to take that uniform to the dry cleaners on the other side of town before work, or iron it at home while half asleep … just one more time … to send him out the door again to a world that hates him, while occasionally lying in bed, secretly hating the world back.
Within the last month we’ve lost more than 20 officers. I’m not sure about every LEO spouse, but I’m sure the majority would say it’s personal … and hard.
We take it that way because it’s an attack on one of our own, and it very well could have been mine!
That gut wrenching feeling starts to sink in, and the tears won’t stop. I may have one more day with my LEO; to hug and kiss him, but someone else doesn’t. She has a funeral to plan while I’m making dinner.
With the recent officer slayings, my LEO was working an overtime shift last weekend. I didn’t make time to take his uniform to the dry cleaners, so while it was hot and I was irritated, I began to iron. While doing so, I felt the Lord prompt me to pray for my officer. And not like I usually do, with him or for him, but to pray over his uniform.
Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” This verse came to mind to encourage my man after praying. Wow! What a powerful verse to encourage a peace officer.
I felt led to pray over his uniform, asking Jesus to “guard him and guide him” … to guard him from the wicked ways of this world and all that seek to kill anyone wearing a uniform, and guide him through each shift with wisdom and courage.
I began to be transparent with the Lord like a small child giving up and saying, “Okay, okay already!” I poured out my heart with every big and small fear, and left them at the feet of Jesus.
Psalm 94:19 provided assurance. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” I began to not only pray over him, but it led to his department, to the surrounding cities, to the whole country and all our peace officers represented in the United States.
Then as always it led me to being thankful and honored. I’m so thankful I get another day to love him and encourage him when the world beats him down. I am so honored that God saw ME, the most fearful person at times, worthy of living this life hand in hand with my LEO, to walk through this together and have a love not many know.
The kind of love that drops everything, even in the middle of a fight to get that kiss and forgiveness before he leaves for his shift. It is necessary because I fear it might be the last time I see him; the kind of love that comes with fear. Yet somehow I know Jesus has him and he’ll be fine. It is also the kind of deep love from soul to soul that is so rare and full of every emotion possible, yet so pure and rich.
I encourage you to continue praying for your officer. But also pray with him and over his uniform! I kept this as a little secret from him. While he got ready, I had a little alone time with the Lord and that uniform that I love seeing him in; the one that cover his heart.
I pray that LEOW’s never stop believing in the POWER of PRAYER! Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you and although evil things happen in this world, He will be with us every step of the way.
– Mariah Zuniga