Thought for Tuesday ~
Bunnies are popular little animals, so cute and furry. They are particularly popular around Easter, and often parents will use the excuse of the season to give their children these precious little rabbits as gifts. We have had a couple bunnies who live in the yard behind us and they, or their offspring, appear in our yard each year when spring arrives. We have not seen them yet this spring, so they must not have gotten the word that the blossoms are out and the weather is warmer, but we look for them each day.
Often they seem to come munching in our yard just as I am preparing dinner and we can watch them out our kitchen window as we, too, enjoy our meal. Their brown fur, long ears and white cotton tail always amuse me. They just look so precious and innocent and every time I see them in our yard, I want to go scoop them up in my hands and pet them.
There have been times when we are outside that they will come very close to us, sometimes so absorbed in their munching of the grass that they fail to notice how perilously close they are to those whom they feel might harm them. Then if we make one slight move or noise, their little ears perk up and they hop, seemingly faster than lightning, across the yard, under the fence, and to the safety of wherever they are living in the next yard. To me, bunnies are one of God’s most precious little creatures. That is until they go from munching on our green lawn to devouring my flowers and plants! OK, so now they are not quite as cute and precious to me as before!
One day last summer I planted some Hosta around our cherry tree in the back yard. I had tried before to plant flowers around that tree, but they never seemed to do well. Our yard is sloped so water runs off, and the tree provides much shade, so conditions are not particularly great for plants needing lots of water and sunshine. Even shade-loving flowers did not seem to thrive. So my last resort was Hosta. It likes the shade, for sure, and I tried to help it by watering it when it didn’t rain.
After a while, my Hosta was thriving! Thankfully, I had finally found the perfect plant to surround the cherry tree and add some interest to the yard. That is until our bunny discovered my new plants! Oh, good grief! I looked outside one day to see our “precious little bunny” delightfully feasting on my Hosta! I have a feeling, if bunnies could think and talk, he was saying “Gee, how nice of these people to plant me something for dessert!” Within a day, my beautiful Hosta had been reduced to lots of little stubs around the tree. How frustrating!
Thinking about my Hosta being devoured by something that appeared so sweet and innocent, made me think about how Satan works. As a wolf in sheep’s clothing, he can devour us, too. He can come disguised as something enticing and good, as he swoops in and begins to lure us into things that are not God’s plan. And as a consequence, He will wreak havoc and devour the happiness we had.
Sometimes our lives are going just fine, in fact, better than fine. We don’t have any urgent problems, and life is good. And then, all of a sudden, everything falls apart, evil rears its ugly head, and what was previously happy and sunny, becomes disastrous and painful.
It’s important to be aware of Satan’s goals, his methods and his schemes. And because this is spiritual warfare, it’s also important to know that we have a strong spiritual defense. What is that defense? Because God knew that we would encounter Satan and his wiles, He left us instructions in His handbook of life, the Bible. He has shown us how to battle Satan and defeat Satan. In fact, even at the mention of the word JESUS, Satan must flee. Praise the Lord for God’s protection in this spiritual realm!
Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!
“The LORD said to Satan, ‘The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you!’“
“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”