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the little foxes...

"Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom." Song of Solomon 2:15 I was reading and praying today in the Song of Solomon and the verse above hit me so deeply. As quickly as God allows things to blossom, if not careful, those foxes come in to destroy just as quickly. The little foxes are what have terrified me for so long...they are subtle, but they are powerfully dangerous...and they can be fought. They are fought with anticipation of better things ahead, with change, with desire and with trust. We must fight and fight hard and fight valiantly against them. Their strength is weakness to God. Who knows what dangers lie ahead? This was the counsel of the ten faithless spies sent in to have a look at the Promised Land when the Jews came out of Egypt. Only two of the twelve, Joshua and Caleb, saw things differently. Their hearts were captured by a vision of what might be and they urged the people to press on. But their voices were drowned by the fears of the other ten spies and Israel wandered for another forty years. Without the anticipation of better things ahead, we will have no heart for the journey. One of the most poisonous of all Satan's whispers is simply, "Things will never change." That lie kills expectation, trapping our heart forever in the present. To keep desire alive and flourishing, we must renew our vision for what lies ahead. Desire is kept alive by imagination, the antidote to resignation. We will need imagination, which is to say, we will need hope. Impatience, discouragement, and despair are the "noonday demons" most apt to beset the seasoned traveler. As the road grows long we grow weary; impatience and discouragement tempt us to forsake the way for some easier path. These shortcuts never work, and the guilt we feel for having chosen them only compounds our feelings of despair." -John Eldredge

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