Feeding wild animals may not end well. My daughter once tried to feed a cute squirrel in a park. She chatted with him and extended a treat. He danced like a disney creature and finally ran up to grab the food. But he gave her finger a sharp honk with his pointy teeth before running away. Sometimes it’s wise to be cautious.
Speaking of cautious, let’s get back to the wild fox in this photo. In the book of Song of Solomon it says, “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” Sos2:15
Though this sounds like a pretty piece of poetry Song of Solomon is describing a serious situation.
The little foxes would sneak into the vineyard, camouflaging themselves in the dodgy light of the morning sunrise. So it was difficult for the eyes of the watchman to spot them.
Next the foxes would quickly dig up the roots of the vineyard and eat them.
So, catching the small foxes was an urgent matter. And it required FOCUS. What was true was then is still true today.
What are the small foxes? Anything that goes after your roots. Small, sneaky things.
Someone hurt you and you’re offended. The offense is a fox. Too much television. Social media. Those will go after your roots. All forms of addiction and excess.
Don’t feed the foxes.
Keep your vineyard blooming.
Let’s do this.
In His love and mine,
I will not look at a fox in the same way again!!
Blessings my Sister in Christ.
Thank you! This is SO good! Just this week the Lord showed me a parable on our patio where we have a bird feeder on the railing and enjoy all of the different birds and their babies that come to feed. Lately, a squirrel has discovered a great place for lunch, but is scaring the birds and hogging the seed. As I watched, I “heard” that squirrel is like Satan…eating the children’s bread! He’s an opportunist, sneaky and persistent, wily and bold.” I learned that squirrels are repelled by vinegar, so have it handy and squirt him when I catch him…he runs a little way out of range, and chatters at me….defiant! Then sneaks back later if no one is watching. The blood of Jesus vanquishes Satan, BUT he watches and waits for another opportune time to steal what is not meant for him, and to kill and destroy if not challenged.
As I watched all of the varieties of birds I said” Lord, you are so creative….so many varieties and colors and personalities and quirks. I love watching them!” I sensed Him saying “Just as I enjoy all of my children in their many varieties, colors, shapes, quirks and personalities…each one is precious in My sight.”
The next day I read in Psalms: “All the wild animals are in My heart.” What a precious Father we have…he loves His creatures, and how much more are we cherished and loved.
Thank you Kathleen. The overflow of your heart is so very encouraging to to the Body of Christ. May you be blessed abundantly in your heart, soul, mind and body.
Thank you, Kathleen! I have a lot to do today and want to run away from it. I need to stay focused. Perfect timing!
This was right on time, today. I was convicted that I haven’t been diligent in watching after my own vineyard. Those small, sneaky pests have been inundating my world and I’ve been tolerating them. Thank you for reminding me that I do have power to say “no more!” I can tear down these lofty places, in prayer, and refuse to feed the foxes. Thank you, Katheleen for such a timely word today.
I love this! And the little foxes come to destroy the vineyard while it is in bloom! Such an important message! What are the little foxes in my life! Thank you Kathleen! God bless you and this ministry!
This really ministered to me this morning. Just what I needed! Blessings and am praying for you and your ministry! Praying for more power Lord. Fill her up to overflowing with your boldness, grace and love!