Ravenous Dogs

My older brother and I had a paper route when we were kids. It was my first "real" job with a "real" paycheck and "real" responsibilities. We had the south side of Wakonda where we lived. I walked two streets in Wakonda (Main and Kansas Streets) east to west. My brother Chris had the rest of the south side. It took me about 30-45 minutes each day. Chris a bit longer since his part was bigger.

Once a month, we had to collect fees from our patrons. This was the one time a month we had to walk the WHOLE route together. There were many adventures on those days, but today I want to tell you about Mrs. Vognild's house. Mrs. Vognild was the 4th grade treacher at our school in Wakonda, but more importantly to two young paper boys she had two bears that lived at her house! Okay, they were dogs, but big enough to be bears. They were on Chris' part of the route and he had worked out a system of recon-ing the house before making his approach. So it was that we would come at the yard from different directions each time depending on the placement of their vehicles and boat. We would stealthfully approach, using any cover we could find to get us close enough to the house to make a bolt for the door, throw in the paper, and run for our lives. Those dogs were killers! (Truth but told, we were chased but never actually taken out by them.)

David in Psalm 57 describes himself as being "in the midst of lions" and lying "among ravenous beasts." (verse 4) He is on the run from Saul who has shown that he is ready to kill David. ("I'll pin him to the wall!" Saul declared as he threw a spear at him in the palace. see 1 Samuel 18:11.) David describes Saul and those who pursue him as "men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords." They are on the prowl and chasing him to the borders of the kingdom.

"They spread a net for my feet...They dug a pit in my path." (verse 6)

As I have gotten older I have found that two large, protective dogs are not nearly as fearsome as a person who is out to get you. They are more dogged (pun intended) and cunning than any beast. Like David, we all get exhausted by those who seek to tear us down, destroy our reputation, or make our lives miserable. But like David, we must remember to "take refuge in the shadow of [God's] wings until the disaster has passed." (verse 1)

Jesus told us, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)


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