the little foxes that ruin the vineyards,
our vineyards that are in bloom.
– Song of Solomon 2:15
Foxes are omnivores–they eat all kinds of things. They will eat rodents…which can be a GOOD thing, but they also eat fruit, berries, grasses and may even dig to reach tender roots or shoots of new plants.
Imagine your life, my life…and the new habits we are hoping to sow–what we think about, what we do, what we believe–as a vineyard. The vineyard is vulnerable, tender, young. We haven’t had much time to establish these new habits…these new plants. There is a promise of a fruitful future as we continue to “work the soil” of our hearts. There is hope and yet the work is hard so early on.
Have there been “little foxes” running through your life trying to spoil the work that God is doing as you partner with him in the tending of your vineyard?
What kinds of things act as foxes in your life right now, today, during the past week?
The past two days have been challenging for me! I am not sure why! I woke up on Friday morning with a declaration, “I don’t FEEL like trying to be godly any more! I am DONE!” What is up with that? 🙂 I couldn’t even blame hormones!
Actually, that thought of “I don’t FEEL like trying to be godly any more,” wasn’t just a “little fox,” but was like a huge bear! I needed to nip it in the bud immediately! Because I didn’t catch that fox, it wreaked havoc on Friday and Saturday. Nothing blatantly evil…but just making its way through my life, here and there…all day long…pulling up, as it were, the godly thoughts and behaviors I was attempting to sow–the root of a tender heart–I was trying to cultivate to the Lord–any hope of fruit that was evidence of a life given to God.
I am behind in my reading…I hope some of you can use the extra time to catch up. This coming week, the assignment will be to read and work through chapters 5, 6, and 7…more on that tomorrow, but I did want you to know where I was with the reading.
Today, I think I will ask the Lord to help with the damage left from the indiscretions of the last two days…it doesn’t have to be really blatant. The “little” foxes can do plenty of damage with constant peck pecking at the roots and tender shoots of my life…I need the Lord, the Master Gardener to get this “vineyard” back in shape again.
Time to wait on the Lord…
For your consideration:
1.) What “little foxes” are assaulting your “vineyard?”
2.) What can you do to “catch” the little foxes?
3.) What can you do to more adequately care for, nurture and protect your young “vineyard” of thoughts and behaviors that will glorify God relative to food, eating, body image and all the other related things?