I remember the conversation vividly. As I was at the chicken coop refreshing the hay and collecting eggs, my neighbor came near. I knew, from his facial expressions, not all was well. Something had been lurking in the woods.
“I thought it was a fox at first,” he said, “but it wasn’t…”
I felt my shoulders relax. Certainly, it was just a kitty or something that he saw. Owning hens meant diligent watchfulness particularly around the border of their coop. We had even installed hot wire, as every forest-dwelling creature seemed to delight in chicken as a midnight snack.
“…It was a wolf.”
“Yep. As I said, I thought it was a fox but that was more wishful thinking than reality. It was a wolf. I’m sure of it.”
“Where was it?”
“It went straight through your acreage. It stopped and looked around for a while like it was checking out your yard. Better watch those chickens! Headed down Old Road Trail last I could make of it.”
Immediately I counted my hens. Yes, all were accounted for. None were missing. I checked the hot wire, walked the perimeter of the run, pressed on the coop wire to make sure it was secure, and checked for tracks.
A fox would have been destructive enough, but a wolf? I knew I would be watchful that evening. I flooded the yard with lights, just to be sure the wolf knew there was no welcome mat at our homestead.
The hens stayed safe that evening, and a driving rain the following day helped as I was sure the wolf would seek the shelter of his den. Even so, for days to follow, I put the floodlights on as extra security.
Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.~Song of Solomon 2:15 NKJV
In our vignette, Song of Solomon, we as Bride have a conversation with Beloved about harmful critters. We say, “Catch us the foxes…” Why? Spiritual foxes spoil the fruit of the Spirit within us in the bud-stage. They don’t even develop if we aren’t watchful. We will be dry, fruitless blobs. Furthermore, these “little foxes” can become ravening wolves if we let them go unchecked.
Thankfully, Beloved is more than willing to help us do a fox-check, and He is loving enough to help us free ourselves from their effects. He sends them away every time we ask. We are not defenseless because Beloved is with us and He cares.
Our job is to yield them to Him, because as a gentleman, He will not force His will on us—not even His good will. We are the ones who need to decide if we want His involvement, or if we want to court foxes, wolves, and serpents.
Is this an easy process? If we yield little foxes, yes. As long as we are willing to let them go. But even if it’s a ravening wolf, Beloved is there. He loves us! We are His Bride, and He will see us through no matter how long or how difficult the process takes in order to gain the victory over those creatures that haunt us. Yes, even the serpents, Beloved conquers when we yield them to Him.
Truth from God’s Word exposes the shadowy lies of our erred belief system. … Head knowledge isn’t good enough; His Word must become heart knowledge.~Diane Virginia, author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon
How does the process work? Truth from God’s Word exposes the shadowy lies of our erred belief system. Until all the shadowy distortions are dealt with, Beloved is on the scene. He speaks His Word—the Bible—into our hearts. We digest these truths. Head knowledge isn’t good enough; His Word must become heart knowledge. And then, as we obey the Word, the light our Beloved has shown us chases the evil monsters away. They cannot stay when He floods light into our hearts about each situation.
Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag upon the mountains of Bether.~Song of Solomon 2:17 NKJV
Beloved takes us to Bether Mountain—which means “Division Mountain.” There we and He conquer all that troubles us until we are in complete unity with Him. Psalm 133 is a good picture of the unity we experience when our Bridegroom comes on the scene to conquer Bether for us. The anointing then flows, and we become spiritually fruitful.
Love, the timing of this is usually at a season of ascent, when we are experiencing growth of our ministry responsibilities, or otherwise experiencing great growth. The enemy of our souls would like to throw every harmful spiritual creature at us at the times we are doing good. If satan can get us then, he not only damages us, but all in our widening sphere of influence.
But we need not fear.
Beloved is the gazelle stotting a victory dance upon the mountain of Bether with His Bride. Beloved is the young stag renewing our energy. Our Beloved is protective of His Bride. He is available, waiting, and prepared to win the war against our souls. All we need to do is to yield to His loving inspection. The Lord of the Dance is waiting for us….
So dance with the Son.
Step into the floodlight of Beloved’s Word, and permit your loving Bridegroom to chase the shadows away and conquer your Bether. Permit Him to bring victory to you today.
What “little fox” do you need to yield to Beloved’s loving inspection?
My Beloved Bridegroom, I love You, and I want to be a spotless, holy, and spiritually fruitful Bride for You. Reveal to me any “little fox,” no matter how insignificant it may seem. Show me Your Word regarding this little fox, and help me to be obedient to the Word You reveal, so You can bring me into victory.
Genre: Creative non-fiction
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Meet Our Contributor
Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author, and the founder/ director of VineWords: Devotions and More. She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2005.She has been a member of Word Weavers since 2019.
Diane’s book, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press),won The Sparrow Award, Second Runner Up, at the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference 2019. The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is in the works.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places where the Bride of Christ travels to in the allegory, Song of Solomon. She envisions these prayer gardens to serve as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ.
Diane is a co-editor, co-compiler, and contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Diane is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Broadcasting Network, Christian Devotions Ministries, Faith Beyond Fear, Inspire a Fire, Pentecostal Publishing House, PresbyCan Daily Devotional, The Secret Place, VineWords: Devotions and More, and other ministries.
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