by Sheri Schofield
We have ruffled grouse near our home. No, not the neighbors! They are quite friendly – not a grouse among them. The ruffled grouse near us are birds. For some cockeyed reason, one of the hens has decided to nest right beside the road. Not on the side nearest to the meadow where her family will search for food, but on the side away from it. This means she and her family must cross the road several times daily.
But this very-small brained bird thinks it is perfectly safe to cross the dirt road because God, in his great wisdom, gave it camouflage. If the grouse stands still, most predators will not see it . . . except when it stops in the middle of the road.
That’s what happened yesterday. One of the young grouse hatched this spring was crossing the road when I came barreling down the hill in my 4-wheel drive. I saw it in time, fortunately, and came to a halt about five feet away. The grouse froze. I sat still, waiting for it to finish crossing the road. It v-e-r-y . . . s-l-o-w-l-y . . . l-i-f-t-e-d . . . i-t-s . . . f-o-o-t . . . a-n-d . . .p-l-a-c-e-d . . . i-t . . . o-n . . . t-h-e . . . g-r-o-u-n-d while I sat there drumming my fingers on the steering wheel.
I was not going to wait any longer. I opened the door, got out, walked up to the grouse, waved my hands at it and said, “Shoo!” It took off with a flurry of feathers and was across the road in less than two seconds.
I shook my head and got back into the car. That’s when the Lord whispered to me, “A lot of Christians are wearing camouflage. They think that if they remain perfectly still when difficulties approach, and don’t speak up, they can fit right in with everyone else and not get picked on for their faith. But they do not see the spiritual danger they have placed themselves in by keeping silent. In their compliance, they are aligning themselves with the world.”
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness…For we are the temple of the living God…” (2 Corinthians 6:14, 16 NASB) To cringe and hide in order to fit in with the world is to forget who we are in Christ and our responsibility to stand out from the crowd. But Christ, who is in us, is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
God has placed power over this world in your hands! When you pray, you bring God’s power to earth to combat evil! When you share your faith with others, you bring life through your words! When you speak up for righteousness, you are acting as a soldier of Christ, standing in the gap in the wall, keeping the enemy at bay! So don’t be afraid to put aside the camouflage and put on the armor of God. Be strong and courageous, for God is with you!
Christ has called us to be warriors, not grouse!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13, NIV)
About the author: Sheri Schofield, is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!
Sheri’s new book, The Prince And The Plan, is a beautifully illustrated, interactive picture book, written for children ages 4-8, that helps parents lead their children into a lasting, saving relationship with Jesus. It explains abstract concepts through words and interactive, multi-sensory activities. Useful for children’s ministry as well.
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