On a dark, damp night lurked a rather large, magnificent lion hunting his prey. He moved swiftly and stealthily through the shadows, not bothered that he had found his way into civilization. His eyes were on a buck, and he followed it right into mans front yard. There he sprang upon it with all his brute force. His cunning maneuvers, his quick pounce, his deathly jaws and the buck was gone before it even knew it was dead. There the lion feasted on the bucks front quarter and there he partially buried it. He would have a carcass to feast on for several days to come, apparently not caring that it was in our neighbors front yard.
Some time that night, unaware that not 10 feet away was (or would be) a kill, my husband and I returned home from our date. As usual we unloaded the Suburban into a 4wd truck with chains on it parked at the bottom of our hill. Little did we know, that the lion was most likely near by......
"Aren't you ready yet?" my husband asked incredulously. I flitted around from room to room doing many small tasks that probably were of little benefit. I had spent the better part of the day preparing for our "date". I'm not sure I have spent that much time getting ready for anything since high school. I abandoned any idea of housework and took to painting my finger nails and toenails. Of course Moonbeam wanted her toenails painted as well! I tried on several combinations of attire which I modeled for my husband. I even dug out my old curling iron! After about 15 minutes of that, I got my hair stuck in it and panic stricken, brought the mess to my husband to help me get untangled from its searing clutches. I had loaded everything but the kitchen sink into the transport truck and set out some of Moonbeams favorite snacks. I'm not quite sure what took so long, but I was unable to accomplish anything but getting ready for my date the entire day.
My husband was incredibly dashing. He was wearing solid black pants and top. Something about it was very enchanting, though Artdog thought the ensemble resembled PJ's. He opened doors for me, and insisted that I chose a nice restaurant. When I picked a steak house, he thought it may not be nice enough. I felt lavished with romance and giggly like I was back in high school. Since he had some errands to run, I had him drop me off at my old standby, Porgies Consignment. I brought in some things the kids had outgrown. Old Porgie grinned and grinned when I asked him which restaurant he recommended. He told me to go to "La Mexicana Bonita Biga Bucka Spenda" He told me to order the garlic prawns. "That will knock a buck or two" he said winking slyly. "Its the only place I eat at in this town". Taking Ol' Porgies suggestion, we arrived at the fancy Mexican establishment. My husband insisted I order whatever I wanted. It's been a long long time since we've done anything like that. I decided to go for it and ordered the Prawns. Oh what a wonderful dinner they were! Some were spicy. Some were in garlic butter. Some were wrapped in bacon with cheese on top. It also came with rice and beans. It was divine dining, and the plate was about 2 - 3x the size of a normal dinner plate. I've never ordered prawns and seen that many. My husband ordered a steak. That was good too. Oh dear, I better stop talking about food, now I'm getting hungry. It was an incredibly romantic date. All I can say is WOW! It was a Cinderella experience.
The next day, as I was out running off all those prawns (doubtful), I had a strange, eerie feeling. I started praying that I wouldn't get attacked by a lion. Of course, by then, he was probably full. This afternoon the neighbor discovered the bucks carcass in his yard. I'd run right by it and not noticed. Its in plain view, not ten feet off our property. Tomorrow when I get off from work, I will be anointing our property with oil again. I do that every so often a symbol of dedicating it to God. The kids won't be playing unsupervised. I will be giving my best pitch about getting a dog again. In the morning, when I get off from work, I'll be getting out of my truck and getting into the other one to drive up our driveway. I'll see first hand how much the lion ate tonight. Its a creepy feeling knowing he's around. In the big city where most of you live, muggings, rapes, murders happen every day. Crime is all around and you can't get away from it. You buy security systems. You don't go certain places after certain times. Here crime is rarely a threat, but wild beasts roam unhindered. They are everywhere. More the threat are the ones you don't know of. What can any one do on this earth but pray and trust God? There is an element of danger every place on the face of this earth. I have come to find my only true reliance is in trusting God. Psalm 91 is one of my favorite chapters.
Psalm 91 (NKJV)
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him,And show him My salvation.”