It seems there’s a trend developing from my fellow bloggers as of late, that derives lessons and enlightenment garnered from their canine family members. So I thought, I too should explore this opportunity to expand and heighten my spiritual awareness!
As I sat on our deck observing our dog Patches, asking God to reveal something to me through him, I took notice of his posture. He lays there, but almost constantly with his head up, scanning the backyard and trees for potential intruders into his territory. For him, these intruders come in the form of birds, squirrels or the occasional human and their own canine family member, walking through the park behind our house.
When those intruders come, he leaps to his feet and jumps into action. He not only vocalizes his displeasure but pursues them vigorously (though if he ever caught the squirrel, bird or human, he’d likely lick them to death).
This posture reminded me of God’s word to us about being alert and prepared. In Matthew 24, we hear of the Parable of the Ten Virgins. In summary, half of these ladies were prepared for the coming of the bridegroom; they had there heads up and were alert…but the other half were not. Sadly, the door was locked to them and the opportunity lost. Jesus closes this parable in verse 13 by saying; “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour”.
We can often go through our day with blinders on to what Jesus reminds us of so clearly in John 10:10, which is that “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy”.
With the lessons of these two passages alone, I plan on renewing my vigilance as it relates first, to watching for the unwanted squirrels in my life. For us, these squirrels are spiritual attacks. They take all shapes and sizes and come against our homes, our families and the ministries God has placed us in.
Second, I plan to be prepared for any day or hour. When we talk of being prepared, we tend to think of Jesus’ return. But being prepared for that means living out his commands to us on a daily basis; now. That means loving Him with all our heart, soul and mind; and then loving our neighbor as ourselves. If we do those two things well, we’ll be prepared…Prepared for the squirrels, prepared for His return, and all that comes in between.
Let’s keep our heads up and stay alert.