Good Morning Girls!
This morning, while on my morning walk (gotta love starting the day outside listening to a fav podcast or playlist – it’s seriously the best way to wake up in the morning!), as I approached Mrs. Cottontail (no, I don’t actually know if it was the Mrs. because I can’t tell the difference between a male and female cottontail, but for the sake of the story, we’ll say it was Mama) she scurried down the hill into the bushes. As I passed by, I said “Good morning” (anyone else talk to animals when they see them…or is it just me?!). I walked about 10 more feet before Baby Bunny heard me coming and also scurried down the hill into “hiding”. Now, this may seem like no big deal, except that my walking route is along a major road where cars are zipping past these rabbits at 45 mph and when I’m out on my walk, it’s rush hour, so there are tons of cars. What struck me about Mama Rabbit and Baby Bunny scurrying into the bushes when they heard me coming was that they could tell the difference between the sound of cars and the sound of a person coming along. I’m pretty sure Mama Rabbit taught her baby bunnies the difference between the sounds between the cars and a passerby on foot or bike, and how to respond to each of them accordingly.
Now what on earth do these rabbits have to do with us as leaders? I’m glad you asked! 🙂 Mama Rabbit had taught Baby Bunny the sound of the enemy and to flee from the enemy when she heard it coming. Alongside of a very noisy street, Baby Bunny knew the difference between the sound of an innocent car passing by, and the sound of a perceived enemy coming its way. And when it heard the sound of the “enemy” coming her way, it knew to flee from the enemy.
In our daily lives, there is so much noise going on around us all the time. It’s the innocent noise of phones dinging and ringing, people talking, music blaring, cars zipping past, our thoughts whirling in our head, and on and on. In the midst of all of this, can each of us identify the sound of the enemy coming our way? Do we know what the enemy sounds like? Have we learned to take our cue from God who definitely knows the sound of the enemy coming our way?
When Peter wrote to Christians all over Asia and the Middle East, he specifically warned the leaders about the enemy: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers [and sisters] throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)
As leaders, it is imperative that we know the sound of the enemy approaching because as the leader goes, so the flock goes. The enemy is very real and most of us know that the more authority and influence we have, especially in the Church, the bigger of a target we become for the enemy. At the same time, those whom we lead see us, they watch us, they take their cues from us. The better able we are to discern the sound of the enemy and stand firm in our faith (and head for the bushes if we need to), the better able we are to demonstrate how to do that for those we are leading. Do you know the sound of the enemy coming for you, or those following you?
My hope and prayer for each of us this week is that we will become increasingly sensitive to the sounds around us and better able to discern when it is that our true enemy is coming our direction, so that we can resist him, stand firm in our faith and even flee if need be. May we continue to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Lover of our soul, who will always show us the way and reveal to us truth.