Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fearless in the Face of Danger - Unaware

See this child, fearless in the face of danger. Only a wall of glass separates this hungry tiger from devouring this little one. Yet the child is not intimidated.

The child is captivated by the awesomeness of this creature, unaware of the danger...unaware.

Is ignorance bliss in this instance?

The child has had the opportunity to view this creature from a perspective that most haven't. And, this child will walk away unscathed.

What a memorable moment. I am sure the child will subconsciously, if not consciously hold this experience close to his heart and it will have an effect on the development of his character, to be sure!

Now, what if that child was you? What would you be thinking? Would you be so fearless? So brave?

When my oldest daughter was 3, we were visiting a zoo near Gowganda, Ontario. And as an unlikely place for a zoo as it was, it did have tigers. Three tigers. We were separated from these tigers by two fences that were each about 10 feet high. The distance from the tigers to us in total was about 10 feet. It was amazing to see these creatures so close, but as a mother, it was also very terrifying. You see, one of the tigers paced the fence closest to the path that visitors walked by. As my daughter and I came close to this fence, the tiger immediately locked its gaze on my daughter. It watched her and panted as it paced, and you knew that if there were no fence between us, my daughter would have been dinner. It was horrid! I quickly walked past this area with my daughter's hand firmly in mine to get to a safe distance out of the sight of the tiger. My daughter in the meantime, just looked on with casual interest, unaware that she was the object of this tiger's instinct. Unaware.

Many of us are facing hungry "tigers", something wanting to devour us. But God is protecting us. He is that glass that separates us from the creature that seeks to devour us. He is our parent who keeps us safe. We can trust our Father to protect us from danger unaware, just as we can trust our Father to lead us to safer ground when we are aware of danger.

I have commented on this scripture before: 1 Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.1 Peter 5:7-9 (in Context) 1 Peter 5 (Whole Chapter) Unlike this little child in the picture and my daughter, we are called to be aware. Aware of the enemy of our soul who would come like a thief to steal, kill, and destroy. John 10:10

We may be surrounded by tigers, lions, and bears (Oh my!), but know this:
God is protecting us. We need to be aware of and confident of His presence and protection. God has wonderful plans for not become fearful, but trust Him. Keep your eyes on God, on His promises, on His character, and rest in the knowledge that God is faithful.

Psalm 116:6 "The LORD protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me."
Psalm 116:5-7 (in Context) Psalm 116 (Whole Chapter)

John 17:14-16 (in Context) John 17 (Whole Chapter)

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