Last month my niece lost her little dog. This is what she posted:
This had have been one of the most spoilt rotten dogs I have ever had. But I loved her with every fiber of my being. She was my baby girl and I loved her so much. I would brag about her all the time. She was mean and sometimes stupid and always hyper. I didn’t even have her for two years but I would never want to replace those days. She could cheer me up or just make me really angry. No one knows how heart-broken I am to find out that she will be gone forever. No other dog could take her place. I love my Zoey and I always will.
My brother had let Zoey out to potty and after fifteen minutes she never returned. Thinking someone stopped and maybe picked her up we sent out messages and postings “missing dog.” It wasn’t till a few days later when he approached home he could see the vultures circling overhead in a nearby field. He walked out to the field and their lay her remains, slaughtered and ravaged. This was the works of the coyotes that roam the area. I have often heard the howls and the yelp at dusk when I visit my parents. They are even more cautious now to let their own little dog out after dark.
Coyotes are the size of a medium-size dog, but with longer, thicker fur. Coyotes are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will feed on whatever is most readily available and easy to obtain. Their primary foods include fruit, berries, small rodents, rabbits, birds, snakes, frogs, and insects. They will scavenge on animal remains, including road-kills, as well as garbage and pet food left outdoors. In suburban areas they prey upon unprotected pets, including outdoor house cats and unsupervised domestic dogs. Because coyotes utilize so many different food sources, they have adapted to and live in a variety of habitats including urban and heavily populated areas. Coyotes are usually shy and elusive, but are frequently seen individually, in pairs, or in small groups where food is commonly found. A family group, more commonly known as a pack, consists of the parents, their pups, and, occasionally, the previous year’s pups. Howling is the main way for coyotes to communicate with others. While some people find it unnerving, this howl serves many purposes.
Coyotes remind me of people at times or at least their behavior does. The Bible speaks of wolves in sheep clothing, and I believe the coyote falls in that category too for like a wolf, their prey as only one result which is death. As Christians we are also to be aware of our surroundings for as sheep we are to be aware of the wolves in this world and the consequences of associating with one.
Luke 10New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary 10:1-16 Christ sent the seventy disciples, two and two, that they might strengthen and encourage one another. The ministry of the gospel calls men to receive Christ as a Prince and a Savior; and he will surely come in the power of his Spirit to all places whither he sends his faithful servants. But the doom of those who receive the grace of God in vain, will be very fearful Those who despise the faithful ministers of Christ, who think meanly of them, and look scornfully upon them, will be reckoned as despiser of God and Christ.
Ezekiel 22:27 GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
… like wolves that tear their prey into pieces. They murder and destroy people to make excessive profits.
Although this is a sad story of how my niece lost her little dog to prey, we must be careful not to fall into prey nor be the attacker under the disguise of sheep. People shall be known by their fruit.
New Living Translation (©2007) Romans 8:8, Luke 6:44-45,37
That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.New Living Translation (©2007)
A tree is identified by its fruit. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.New Living Translation (©2007)
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
Wolves run in packs, joining together, uniting together looking for their victim. Attacking, killing yet leaving behind the fruit of the kill for all to see to be eaten by vultures. They walk away with self-satisfaction of instinct without respect of who or what they have hurt in the process. Out of instinct of nature, the coyote killed, mutilated a small pet which belonged to my niece. The pack took no thought in what they were doing and acted out to gain satisfaction for their belly. How many times do we see people do the same thing? So sad to see the blood of people on the mouth of sheep in wolves clothing.
New Living Translation (©2007) John 10:10
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Romans 8:5 New Living Translation (©2007)
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
Lord, I pray for those who try to gain revenge or try to take justice into their own hands because of judgmental attitudes or for wrongful thinking. There is no gain for those who try to be God in the lives of others only the fruit of the kill. People act out on what they believe to be known by their instinct nature instead of letting the Spirit of God direct them and trust in the Lord to take care of what seemly seems injustice. As I struggle to understand people, I also have learned to be aware of how the nature of man reacts from their heart. I stand with God in forgiveness, holding on to the fruit of the Spirit with patience, long-suffering, temperance, love, joy, gentleness, self-control and peace. However I learn to trust even when it hurts from the bite of a coyote, I will therefore not let it kill me.