“There are four small creatures, wisest of the wise they are— ants—frail as they are, get plenty of food in for the winter; marmots—vulnerable as they are, manage to arrange for rock-solid homes; locusts—leaderless insects, yet they strip the field like an army regiment; lizards—easy enough to catch, but they sneak past vigilant palace guards.” Proverbs 30:24-28
Some mornings my backyard resembles a desert zoo—mostly birds and bunnies, but sometimes I am delighted to watch an approximate eight-inch lizard creeping around or sunning on a rock. This morning there were two on the rock. One a bit smaller than the other. They seemed to be delighted with the warm sun on their backs. Now and then they would leap off the rock and play. It might be what might consider “horse play.” I don’t know the mating patterns of reptiles and will leave them to their intimate time together.
I envy these animals in my yard. They appear to have no enemies. However, if they were in the vast expanse of desert outside the city limits, they would be watching for whatever preys on them.
We have two kinds of “prey” available to us: prey or pray. When we pray, we ask God to protect us from evil and anything that preys on our minds and hearts. It is a blessing when we have a circle of protection surrounding us through the Holy Spirit.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.