Watch for Prowlers
by Julie Lavender
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” –1 PETER 5:8 (NLT)
“Bill is divorcing me,” my friend Peg said when we ran into each other at the local garage. I’d have been less shocked if my disabled car had sprouted wings and escaped the clutches of the mechanic underneath.
The next day on my morning prayerwalk, I poured out my heart and my tears to God. God, how did this happen? They seemed like the perfect couple. They’ve been married for almost thirty years! What about those three kids? And just as disturbing to me: How did I not see my friend’s pain?
Peg had told me that Bill cited several reasons for the relationship’s demise: stress at work, over-commitments socially, too many civic obligations, financial concerns, health-related ones. Was that my problem too? Did I have a list of ‘excuses’ for relationships I hadn’t honored? Like my friendship with Peg?
Suddenly, a rust-colored blur interrupted my thoughts. I recognized a female cardinal flitting about in the mottled branches of a sweet gum tree.
A flash of bright red rustled the star-shaped leaves on the twig, and I watched as a male cardinal hopped to and fro, following his mate’s every move attentively, calling again if she strayed too far.
Captivated by the simpleness of their courtship, I almost missed the neighbor’s tabby cat crouched in the tall grass. My walking startled him and he darted away. I couldn’t help but think, “No feathered feast for you today, little miniature lion!” And, then I prayed: Dear God, Help me remember that Satan prowls and crouches in hopes of devouring marriages, friendships, and families. I’m sorry for those times I’ve been too busy to notice. Amen
Julie Lavender loves south-Georgia prayer walks, especially during late autumn and early winter. The veteran homeschooling mom of four uses the time to pray for families that she hopes will enjoy her newly-released parenting book, 365 Ways To Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments Into Lasting Memories, published by Revell. Visit Julie at https://julielavenderwrites.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/julie.lavender.10/