The other day I was out on a hike with my faithful companion, Jubilee. She is my lab-mix buddy. She loves to do two things; first she lives to retrieve; second she loves to swim. We have a small stream and a swampy pond that she loves to retrieve any thing you may want to throw into the pond.
At twilight we were hiking along the edge of my pond. My pond has beaver, muskrats, great blue herons and ducks using its swampy waters. As I threw a stick into the waters for my black, hairy, wet friend, I noticed a stick standing vertical in the pond in front of me. I’m not a great woodsman but I know when something didn’t happen naturedly. So I got a long stick from the shore and poked at the spot in the pond. To my surprise I pulled up a beaver trap. Then I looked around and found a second trap. It snapped as I poked the stick into it. I pulled both traps from the pond and thanked God for helping me discover these hidden dangers in my pond. If I would have thrown a stick into the water and trapped my dog; Wow! Would that ever been awful!
Now I am watching for an unknown danger on my land and I will be keeping an eye out for hidden traps. I have a collection of two. Satan is a lot like a beaver trap. He does not knock on your front door and say, “Hi, I’m the devil and I want to harm you.” Instead that old dragon puts hidden traps in your path. He wants you to step into the dangerous trap and destroy you. So be alert!
Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
1 Thessalonians 5:6, “So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.”
1 Peter 5:8, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”