Proverbs 30:29-31 There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearingÖa strutting rooster. (NIV)
His name was Rochester, and the fence I erected was no match for his stinging spurs or pointed beak.
Rochester was a Rhode Island Red. While I didnít raise roosters exclusively, I normally kept a few with my hens. Each of them had a different personality, and Rochester was no different. He loved to fight-me and the other roosters. A trip to gather eggs involved donning a pair of rubber boots to reflect his spurs, but after a few kicks, he got the message and went about his business. Walking beside the pen would invite the same reaction.
When I temporarily moved in with my parents, I took my chickens and Rochester with me. There he met Mom and Dadís large dog named Hobo who liked to press his nose against the chicken wire. Of course, that attracted Rochesterís spur. Rochester also had a habit of flying out of the pen. One day we found him alive but stripped of his feathers. Hobo had taught him a ďlesson bout messinĒ with the nose of a big dog.
I canít recall what happened to Rochester, but the example of his fearless living will always stick with me. Nothing rattled him and yes Hoboís nose got pecked again.
While there are many events that can arouse the emotion of fear, God is not the author of fear that paralyzes. Fear is a God created emotion for our protection. When faced with danger, it leads to a flight or fight reaction. But fear of what life holds is not sent by God. He only delivers a sound mind.
In Rochesterís mind, he was in control of the chicken yard. The other roosters and hens cowered before him. He strutted and they squirmed.
Fearless living is realized by remembering God is in control. Nothing can touch us unless itís filtered through his hand. He is more powerful than any event or person. And his deep love will not permit anything that isnít for our good or cannot be used for his purpose. There is no reason to fear lifeís events when a loving Father is controlling them.
Prayer: Lord, when fear attempts to override our sound minds, increase our faith in You. www.morningliteministry.com
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