The Dog on the Other Side of the Fence
Rambo has thoroughly enjoyed his new backyard. One of his favorite pastimes is to run the fence with the neighbor’s dog, who by the way is roughly 10 times his size, until both of them are worn out and panting so hard they can barely even stagger inside to rest. Man how I wish I spoke dog language so I could know what they were saying to each other. I’m sure it would be quite entertaining!
A few weeks ago they were in the midst of their daily routine when the big dog next door jumped up on the fence and dislodged one of the planks creating a small hole in the fence. I put replacing that plank on my ever growing list of things to do and went on about my day. A few days later I got a text from Katy telling me Rambo had stuck his head through that hole and came back worse for the wear with a bloody snout. Annoyed, I took him for a quick trip to the vet and then spent the next few days stuffing antibiotic pills down his mouth to make sure the cuts healed. But then I thought about the times I’ve tried to resist temptation and fight the enemies attack on my own through my strength and found myself in similar situations to Rambo. In 1 Peter 5:8 we are told, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” The very next verse tells us to “resist him, firm in your faith.” We cannot fight sin on our own! We need to be involved in a Christian community, to be active in a small group, and to invest in relationships where we are holding each other accountable and being asked those hard questions to keep us honest. Ultimately, we need to rely on the strength of the Holy Spirit to help us in our battles against the “big dog on the other side of the fence.”