“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8
This verse came to mind yesterday in an unexpected way. You see, I just moved from Connecticut to South Carolina a couple of months ago. And one of the newest and neatest things is seeing alligators around our community. Sometimes they are sunning in a marshy spot or on the grass by a lagoon. My husband has even seen them on the golf course.
How does that connect to 1 Peter? Well, as I was driving and alligator watching yesterday, I remembered warnings that we’ve gotten since we moved in – mostly common sense advice, like stay away from them. Then it occurred to me that while the enemy can indeed prowl around like a roaring lion, he can also resemble an alligator.
Alligators often look calm, like they aren’t any threat. But they are almost always looking for food, and when motivated they can move pretty quickly toward their prey. And once their powerful jaws grab hold of something, they start the work of devouring. Sound familiar?
I may get a glimpse of the enemy nearby – a stray negative thought about myself, a bad attitude about work, or a small resentment toward someone. In those moments, I can choose to move toward each one for a closer look, which brings me into dangerous territory. Or, I can move quickly away by giving each one over to God, who will bring me back on the safe and narrow path.
I’m trying to cultivate the habit of being more aware of my surroundings. So whether I’m looking for alligators or attacks from the enemy, I my can do my best to steer clear of trouble!
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