The Predator

This is an updated excerpt from my Bible study The Few, the Humble, the Church; A Study on the Book of Ephesians and Spiritual Warfare.

I watched my dog, Agape transform into a predator.

From my front window, I could see a herd of twelve deer, all does, walking up my long driveway. We have a six-foot-high fence and gate surrounding our five acres of property.

Our German shepherd guarded it. She saw them and at once went into hunter mode. Agape crouched, never taking her eyes off the deer while inching her way toward the herd. As she tore into a full sprint, they saw her and ran.

First, she separated them into two groups. The first group jumped over or through the vertical PVC splines of our fence forcing them to expand to the circumference of their bodies.

She stayed with the second group, chasing them to the back of our property.

I followed window to window trying to keep up.

My dog drove the next group into two, and then separated a doe and her yearling, from the others. At this point, I ran to my garage to watch this match unfold.

The mother doe, who Agape separated from the yearling, came out of nowhere nearly knocking me over as she ran past me back to the front yard. The yearling ran along the opposite side of the driveway with my shepherd on her heels… uh, hooves.

We have a fifteen-foot-wide rock-lined creek across our front yard.

As I watched the yearling run towards it, I could see my dog getting excited as she anticipated the kill; the deer had nowhere to go.

Then, it happened.

In one graceful leap, the doeling sailed over the fifteen-foot cavern, catching up with her mother on the other side. My breath caught; it was a beautiful site.

But my sweet, defeated dog stood there, dumbfounded, staring at the creek and the deer on the other side. I called her. She came with her head bowed as she lost the will to chase the pair any longer.

What I Learned from this

First, watching this 100-pound dog go after twelve 100-200 pound deer, I wondered how different the outcome may have been if those deer stopped acting as prey and realized they outnumbered and out-weighed my dog.

They could have turned the tables on her and left her running to her doghouse with her tail between her legs.

Satan is our predator.

1 Peter 5:8 (ESV) tells us, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Satan separates us from our family, church, or friends, with lies, confusion, hurt feeling, and unforgiveness as he moves in steal, kill, and destroy.

When Satan’s prowling turns into an all-out sprint against us, we can stand against him as the body of Christ. There is no need to scatter in fear.

We are stronger together than alone.

Our joint weight and power in the Holy Spirit defeats Satan as we pray for one another in the name of Jesus.

Has there ever been a time in which you tried to fight a battle alone? Read Ephesians 6:18.

We are stronger together!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. We are absolutely stronger together than alone Ms. Stephanie. Powerful lessons here. Even in wanting to be a shepherd, we can appear to be a predator to some. Separation leads to increased pressure and reduces our chance for success. The importance of Christians coming together in fellowship and prayer with, and for, one another. Great lessons ma’am.

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  2. Stephanie P. says:

    Thank you, J.D. I agree, we can fight those trying to protect us. God didn’t make us islands.

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    1. Marilyn Taylor says:

      Love this my friend though I hate to think of your sweet dog as the predator! 😊

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      1. Stephanie P. says:

        Thank you, Marilyn! Thank you for reading my blog.

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  3. A great lesson here–we are stronger together. I enjoyed your story, Stephanie. Thank you!

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  4. Thabiso says:

    Wow. What a word of encouragement often times we scare away at the sight of the devil in whatever form he comes in and forget that indeed greater is He who is in us and who can be against us. God I pray we build up courage.

    Thank you so much.

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    1. Stephanie P. says:

      Thank you. The Lord told his people many times to be strong and to take courage…It is still a message to us today.

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