A devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries this week was about letting “little foxes” get into the vineyard of your marriage. Taken from Song of Solomon 2:15 which says, “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” It centered on maintaining a strong Christian marriage by forgiving your spouse for an offense immediately, almost as soon as you’ve been offended.
However, there are other little foxes that sneak into our minds. Maybe it’s feelings of insecurity or uncertainty about the future. Or annoyance with the constant drama of children; Perhaps you are sick of routine or worried over illness. It could be physical exhaustion with no end in sight to the “to do” list. You could need to figure out what to make for dinner from a bare pantry, with no funds to refill it. Whatever they are, they sneak in and steal joy.
Some people might chalk all this up to hormones or even stress. Either way, you might feel the need to escape, run away or just plain check out.
We all face these foxes. While we must be on active alert, it is not our job to hunt down and destroy those things that creep into our emotional consciousness. We must remember who we are and where our power comes from. We are sheep and the same Shepherd who protects from the roaring lion also protects from these little foxes that have crept into the mental hen house and nipping our heels to death.
So, how do we access the power of The Good Shepherd to protect us?
We can practice 3 things:
These things are sent to distract us. These foxes lurking around throw us into a frenzy because when we are worked up, we are ineffective. We become focused on all things horizontal rather than all things vertical. The power of the spoken word combats these feelings. So, admit it. Out loud. Speaking or writing out our thoughts can remove their power over us. Moses and the Psalmists confessed their issues to The Lord and as a result, they discovered this freedom.
After realizing where you are, you can look for a way to get out. Romans 12:2 reminds we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, so then we determine where God wants us to go. When the little foxes creep in, get out your Bible. Let God’s Word shine the light on the path forward.
Once the light is on, there is no turning it off. The light of His word reveals the path out of the darkness and brings His Spirit in the midst of our situation. This is the same Spirit called the Comforter. When you are fighting a mental battle, who better to have on your side?
Our Good Shepherd will lead you beside the still waters, away from that dark place of emotion, into the light of His love and peace.
The verses that bookend Song of Solomon 2:15 talk about The Lord as a hiding place, where we see His face, hear His voice and walk with Him. He is mighty to save and He is holding on. There is no need to sit in the nasty chicken coop, letting the little foxes get the upper hand. You can escape to fresh mental air through The Word – to let Him renew your mind and restore your soul.
It’s a choice you have control over – for redemption and renewal in His Truth.
Go for a walk with Him; let Him remind you who you are and that He is firmly in control.
Let Jesus take you away; after all, tomorrow has enough little foxes of its own.
Amy Vogel is a writer and speaker, called to encourage God’s people for the betterment of God’s Church. Amy has spoken at South Main’s MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, group, among others.
She is currently the Houston Christian Living Examiner and contributor to Response Magazine. She is writing a book about going to a new level of faith in Christ, called Vertical Focus. Amy is blessed with an awesome husband, two crazy, beautiful daughters and is a member of Bear Creek United Methodist Church.