«A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you» (Psalm 91:7).
IT WAS the time of the Spanish Independence War against the Napoleonic troops when, in the Battle of Bailén, a protagonist emerged. She was a woman; her name was Maria Bellido (1755—1809).
On that day, the heat was intense, so the soldiers ran the risk of dehydration. Crouching among the parched crevices and dusty mountains was General Reding with his men, enduring thirst and heat. Maria Bellido, a woman with mettle, fearlessness, and courage, went into the battlefield to help the Spanish soldiers. The story says that, in the midst of an intense barrage of bullets going both ways, Maria did not slacken her pace, carrying two jars of water in her hands. She went directly to the command post, to first attend to General Reding, the leader in the battle. When she raised the jug to give the general a drink, a bullet went through it and broke it. Maria, undeterred despite the risk to her own life, stooped to pick up the part of the jar that had not been broken, and in which still a little water remained. She gave it to the general to drink, and he congratulated her for her determination, her bravery, and her valuable help.
The Battle of Bailén was the first open field defeat of the Napoleonic Army and, although historians debate whether the Maria Bellido character was real or what is told about her is a legend, what is clear is that we, as Christian women, live immersed in a war, in a cosmic conflict that claims victims every day. That is why the Holy Scriptures say, «Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness 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» (Ephesians 6:11-13). Yes, we know that from the Lord comes our strength, but what is the «armor of God»? It is the combination of truth, righteousness, faith, the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and prayer (see verses 14-18).