Friday, May 9, 2014

Sly Like a Fox

Red Fox...yes, it is really a red fox
(Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia, NJ)
Outfoxed. Sly like a fox. Most sayings about foxes have to do with their slyness, their sneakiness, their cunning ways. 

We recently visited a wolf sanctuary (yesterday's blog) where there were also bobcats and foxes (fyi-a bobcat looks like a very fat housecat). 

I found these facts about foxes quite interesting, so I thought I'd share them:

Foxes love to tease--they'll watch a dog on a chain in a backyard to see how far the chain reaches. Then they'll go into the yard just out of reach, which drives the dog crazy. They even do it with invisible fences. Somehow they know.
They steal toys out of yards. A golf course that was losing golf balls found 96 golf balls in a nearby fox den.
  • Foxes like to have fun. Check out this short video of two foxes jumping on a trampoline!Foxes Jumping on Trampoline
  • They are not nocturnal animals. They come out during the day to find food.
  • They are very resourceful. A fox has an interesting way of getting rid of fleas: He holds a long stick in his mouth and then finds water. He walks into the water and gradually goes deeper so that the fleas climb toward his drier parts. Pointing his nose toward the sky, he immerses himself until all that's above water is his nose and the stick. The fleas move onto the stick and he lets go and backs out of the water. Ingenious!
  • A fox can mimic many sounds. A baby crying, the chatter of a monkey, a woman screaming (this is the sound I hear the most at night). When a fox chases a rabbit, and the rabbit is getting away, the fox will scream, which startles the rabbit and causes it to freeze. You know what happens next.
As cute as they are, these facts made me think of our enemy, the devil, who prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8). Okay, so maybe a fox is not so much like a lion, but consider these things: 
  • He loves to tease. He knows our boundaries because he's spent a lifetime watching us. He knows just how far within our spiritual boundaries we'll go and he'll taunt us. The only thing that keeps us from chasing after him is the chain, or an invisible fence...our ties to Jesus Christ. 
  • He steals. The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. (1 John 10:10). He will make every attempt to keep us from a full, peaceful and complete life by trying to steal our peace, innocence, trust, joy and more. But I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full (1 John 10:10)
  • He loves to have fun. Especially after he steals our innocence. Come on, isn't that what life's all about...having fun? (I guess if foxes could talk, they'd also lie).
  • He is not nocturnal. That's just the time when it's the darkest, the hardest. In the night, when it's lonely, and we're tempted the most. But satan is active all day, in an effort to find food for his dark and creepy soul.
  • He is resourceful. If he can't get us to fall or fail one way, he'll try another, sneakier way. He knows our weaknesses and our triggers. Remember, he's been watching us all our lives. He is crafty.
  • He mimics. Most often, the voice he mimics is our own, so that we become confused. He will also mimic God's voice, and if we don't know our scripture, we will become further confused. Did God really say...(Gen 3:1). The voices of discouragement, despair, shame, guilt, enticement, unworthiness...all those voices that speak to us in our heads in our own voice...it's him feeding us lies...the sly fox. The worst voice is the one that stops us in our tracks, like a scared rabbit, because that's when he pounces.
The other part of 1 Peter 5:8 (&9) says this: Be alert and of sober mind...resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Foxes are cute. We may forget that they are wild animals who can attack. Satan likes to put a glossy cover on sin, so that it will look attractive. We may forget who is really behind that which entices us. 

But God never leaves us on our own to figure things out. He gives us instructions on how to outfox that sly fox, our enemy, the devil. It's up to us to use them! Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7). 

Blessings Along the Path,
Mary

Song of the Day--she is singing about a man, but listen to it as if that man is satan.

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