I wish I had my camera with me yesterday. The above picture is from 'Google images'.
Jeff and I were driving down a very woodsy road just north of us. On this same road two of our daughters encountered a bear a few years ago, and Jeff and our youngest saw a wolf. I was driving and missed seeing it myself. And two years ago Jeff and I saw the mysterious and elusive panther, (that the DNR just recently confirmed the existence of in our area!) it ran just in front of us, it's movement very fluid as it covered the expanse of the pavement before disappearing into an adjacent meadow!
But yesterday's encounter was a bit strange.
We approached what looked like a big ball of fur in the middle of our lane. I thought something looked off as it appeared the animal was not dead or even injured, just balled up.
Then Jeff drove around the animal but thought he saw something in the rear view mirror creeping up towards the animal. He decided to turn around. I reminded my tender-hearted husband to not interfere if there was another animal making a kill in order to eat, as that is the way of nature as God has designed it. (once we got close there was nothing there except the furball in the center of the lane.)
The closer we got honking the horn, the little furball just twitched his ears a bit. So we sat there for a moment off to the side of the road. I decided to grab a small trash can from behind my seat while Jeff grabbed a towel. As I approached the animal it finally raised its head and rose onto it's feet. Jeff said "be careful" and I was. I remained where I stood but firmly told the young racoon to "get going!" It gave me a short hiss before it walked to the other side of the road, and then stopped to look back at me. I said "Keep going!" and it turned and ran into a hollowed log safely on the other side.
You bloggers know how it goes when you find yourselves in a certain situation and you say"There is a blog post in this somewhere". That is what I said as we walked back to the car.
I told Jeff it was funny how stubborn that little guy was at my command for him to get going. I only wanted him to be safe, something common sense should have told him anyway. Jeff just laughed and said "It's as though he just wanted to end it all right there or something." Of course, it is possible he was only doing what we have seen other animals do on cold frosty days, lay down on the pavement to generate some heat. As it did not appear to be hurt or rabid, this was likely the case.
It made me think about how we can get into a certain comfort zone in our lives. We seem to just curl up and close our eyes and choose to be oblivious to certain danger approaching us.
When we hear our Master say "Get going!" we often hesitate, and then when we finally decide to obey, we stop to question His wisdom.....
Or when we see things that are happening all around us, we may be tempted to just ball up and hope for it all to just go away and not affect us or anyone we care about..."GET GOING!" we hear our Master tell us. We had better listen. He doesn't care if we
God is trustworthy, we must not lean upon our own understanding...he will never lead us into the path of destruction...always away from it!
I found it very interesting how Proverbs 12 ends...
In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death Proverbs 12:28
God bless, & remember, we are...