by Marlo Wells
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But the pelican and the porcupine will possess it; the owl and the bittern and the raven will dwell in it. And He will stretch over it [Edom] the measuring line of confusion and the plummet stones of chaos [over its nobles]. –Isaiah 34:11 (AMP)
Have you ever seen a porcupine? Have you ever gotten near one? They appear cute, even harmless. The fact is, when they perceive a threat, real or not, the quills are coming up. They (quills) are embedded among the fur and lay flat, hidden until you get too close. If you cross the boundary, the quills stand at attention, warning you to back off! The funny thing is, the porcupine has no power to “shoot” them. The quills only come off if they shake or come into contact with something.
Have you ever felt like a porcupine? You go through life, appearing cute and harmless, like you’ve got it all together, then it happens. However you perceive the threat (real or not), automatically, those quills make their hair-raising appearance, warning anyone who is too close to Back Off! If anyone dares proceed past the visual warning, they are likely to draw back looking a little like a porcupine themselves.
Do you know how much damage this causes? The porcupines’ quills when discharged into its victim are like tiny barbs. This is not like a simple needle that can be pulled back out. When these quills are removed, they are going to rip the skin off and take it with them.
I have thought that my own life sometimes resembles that of a porcupine. Not that I would want it to, but that somehow, through “things” that have happened in life, I have become like a porcupine. What a minute! I’m a Christian! I believe in creation NOT evolution. Whoops, there goes that excuse!
Okay Lord, I have thought. How about a hedgehog? That doesn’t seem quite as bad as a porcupine, after all, I just can’t help, that all of the hurt I have been through has caused me to feel this way, You understand, don’t you Lord?
Would you like to know what He showed me?
I will also make it a possession of the hedgehog and porcupine, and of marshes and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says the Lord of hosts. –Isaiah 14:23 (AMP)
Excuse number two: shot right out of the water!
Do you realize what the porcupine and the hedgehog, which are both rodents by the way, overgrown rats, were possessing? Babylon and Edom, after being destroyed and desolated, are the possession of the “quill pigs” we are talking about here.
Why in the world would anyone want to possess that? Logically, we wouldn’t.
We like to learn the “name it, claim it” Scriptures. We think that if we say it enough, that it will become so. If you ever watch a new Christian in the Lord, this pattern of behavior really seems to work for them. But what is the truth?
The truth is that we say that we want more of God, we want to be closer to God, but we are often too afraid to trust God.
Yes, that is a pretty lofty statement, but I can make it. This is a truth I have had to face in my own life. A truth I had to come to, with God alone. He had to show me.
All of the Church attendance in the world is just that: Attendance. You can even busy yourselves with the task of “attending” to the needs of the body. But here is a reality check. You and I can attend anything, without actually “being” there.
God desires you. You are His son, His daughter, His child, His beloved. He wants to help you, teach you and love you. He wants you to trust Him and He is willing to prove Himself to you.
Corporate prayer and worship is an awesome thing. But it should not by any means be the main thing. If that is the most time that you spend with the Lord, then that is all you learn to be satisfied with.
If I only spend time with my husband and children in public places, surrounded by events and people, do I have a real relationship with them? Or has that become the only place I can relate to them? Think about it.
I have to put my trust, my heart in God’s hands. The only way to believe that He will protect my heart is to spend time getting to know Him for myself, not for who everyone else says He is.
Did God condemn me for saying that sometimes I feel like a porcupine? Did he tell me that my faith was lacking and I should be a better Christian? Did He throw Scripture at me and expect me to just take it as, “Because He said so”? Nope.
He was patient, gentle, loving and kind. He moved me through His Word. He spoke to me in that quiet place. He didn’t tell me that I had to trust Him. He showed me that I could, by leading me patiently. He didn’t berate or belittle my view point. He just showed me the way.
I am the daughter of the King. My inheritance cannot be fathomed by the greatest minds of this age, so they simply seek to discount it. But that is not my greatest treasure. My greatest treasure is, knowing Him.
Porcupine Possessions are desolation, swamps and loneliness. No thank you, not for me. God didn’t make me with quills, I don’t believe in evolution and swamps are full of stinky, nasty things. I am who He says I am! I just have to spend time with Him to hear who He says that is. And that is what I am holding on to!
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