Time to Step Up!

While sitting on my patio watching the ducks swim about in the lake, an unusual sight caught my eye. There was movement in the water that was stretched out and low to the surface.  I knew immediately that it was a snake and a big one at that. I called my husband to confirm the siting and he scrambled to get his gun.IMG_2161

It was at that moment I realized this snake had a target on which he was focused, a mama duck and three ducklings.  This was my first time to see the babies at all. I had been watching for a new hatching. I yelled for my husband to hurry.  In the meantime, three green head mallards headed to the rescue, cutting the snake off from his intended meal.

The male ducks effectively surrounded the snake on all sides, despite the wide-opened, fanged mouth that was approaching them. It was amazing how quickly and instinctively they came to the rescue, placing themselves in harm’s way, becoming protectors.

Finally, Eddy arrived with the gun and waited for a clear shot, killing the snake.  Ducks flew everywhere. The mama duck and her babies have not been seen since that day.  Can’t blame her.  She has probably moved on to a safer neighborhood where gunfire is not a problem!IMG_2168

As Christians, do we intercede for our brother and sisters in Christ during times of danger and spiritual attacks as these ducks instinctively did, protecting those in their small community.  Or are we too self-absorbed to even be aware of the well-being of those around us. Families are falling apart, children are falling into addictions, the world is becoming more Godless every day. Satan knows his days are numbered and his attacks have increased.

John 10:10 (ESV)  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Time to armor up and be on the defensive. Time to come alongside those God places in your path, and bring out the big guns on their behalf…prayer, The Word, and your testimony. There are many falling to the wayside who need to know about Jesus and the victory they can have in life through Him, despite past or present indiscretions. Share your testimony.  Don’t be afraid or too busy to give this world Jesus. To God Be the Glory!

 

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