I grew up mainly in the country. We moved to Amarillo when I was in the seventh grade. I was not a fan of the bigger school or city. I was happy when we moved back home to San Marcos. As a kid, we raised dogs, cats,chickens, a pig named Linda, a sheep named Betty, and a Shetland pony named Stormy and there was lots of wild life to observe out in the hill country of south-central Texas When five years ago, Jim and I moved back to Texas, we thought we were getting a “garden home” but we moved to the “wild kingdom” instead! We have seen squirrels, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, snakes, and opossums at our “garden” home! I was okay with all the opossums we had in our back yard until they began to eat all my figs at the moment they became ripe. That ticked me off. One night when Libby, our smallest Yorkie, cornered one on the back gate, I grabbed my gardening gloves and an empty trash can. I reached out and caught that thief by the tail, plopped him in the trash can, and put a lid on it. I think I surprised Jim! We drove the fig thief to another location. I didn’t want to kill him, just ask him to go eat someone else’s figs! I can’t remember how many opossums we captured, but between the catch em’ alive trap, and my trash can, it was a lot! (On a side note, Fig Newtons are great opossum bait!) I think we should have painted numbers on their backs. Now opossums have 50 teeth and make a hissing sound when you grab them by the tail. Our pest control guy was surprised to hear that I grabbed them by their tails. He asked me if I knew how many teeth they have! It can be frightening if you didn’t have something to protect yourself, like my gloves. There is a verse in God’s word that describes an enemy that has teeth.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8-9 KJV
Satan would like to scare us and keep us afraid of everything. We have something to protect us from him too, God’s Word and our salvation. We don’t fight him though, Jesus has already won that battle on our behalf. I just saw the first figs on my trees and in a few months I will have some visitors. I have enough trees now that I don’t mind sharing! I refuse to give anything to Satan though, especially my JOY!