Last December we got the cutest, most adorable puppy ever. Our little Scooter (male Great Pyrenees) is now seven months old and has grown (a lot), and being the good dog parents we are, we didn’t want Scooter to spend his time alone. Sooooooo, we got Teeny … an adorable, sweet, runt of the litter Great Pyrenees female, two months younger than Scooter. Now Scooter is all boy … laid back, takes his time doing stuff, but as lovable as they come … he’s our big bear. Teeny, on the other hand … well, let’s just say she has a mind of her own.
Every morning I let Scooter and Teeny out of their pen, and nine times out of ten Teeny will stay just long enough to receive her welcome, praise and treats before wandering off in sense of adventure. Oh, she knows her name very well, because when I call her, she turns her head around as if to say, “I hear you, but I have my own business to attend to, thank you very much,” then just prances off to see what mischief she can get into. Sometimes she’ll coerce Scooter as her accomplice in crime, but he soon returns home leaving Teeny to fend for herself.
Within 30 minutes Teeny will realize she’s alone and in unfamiliar territory. When that happens, sure enough, she hot-tails it back home with a smile on her face thinking she’s done something pretty special (usually dragging something she found like one of our newly planted shrubs). That’s when we sit her down and have a “talking to.”
I was thinking about Scooter and Teeny at church this week (alright, my mind tends to wander) and I realized how much alike I am to Teeny. Oh, it’s fun to get into mischief, but not nearly as much fun if you’re by yourself. Those mischievous times can build up and get you into a boat load of trouble.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, British preacher and theologian, stated: “A little thorn can cause much suffering. A small cloud may hide the sun. Tiny foxes spoil the vineyards; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These small sins burrow in the soul and fill it with what is hateful to Christ, and thus our comfortable fellowship and communion with Him is spoiled. A great sin cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him miserable.”
Quite often the greatest dangers we face are not from things that appear menacing, but things that seem small and insignificant—mischievous — habits that seem innocent — temptations that seem minor — the wrong kind of relationships — places we go and things we casually do. Over time, these little wrongs can become one big problem.
Like Teeny will learn, I’m going to be on guard to catch the little foxes in my life before mischief takes control!
Song of Songs 2:15 “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards.”