Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Shoot the Foxes
As I wrote about last week, my first New Years resolution is to declutter (physically and spiritually).
My second resolution goes along with the first. Namely, shoot the foxes. No, don't call PETA. And I'm not taking up hunting. I saw Bambi one too many times for that. :)
We still may not know what the fox says, and I have no interest in talking to it. I am only interested in what the fox does...
"Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes." Song of Solomon 2:15
There are foxes. Sneaky and crafty little critters that seem insignificant.
The Hebrew word for "fox" is shuw'al, which means burrower. A fox digs holes and dwells underground.
The holes it digs destroys the roots.
What are the foxes in your life that are digging holes? What are the foxes that are underneath the surface, that have dug down deep destroying roots? You can't see it. You can't see the root being destroyed. The result comes in the form of fruit shriveling up and dying.
The Hebrew word for "little" is qatan, which means little, insignificant or unimportant.
These foxes seem small. They seem unimportant. Watching a movie here (and I'm not even talking R! Some PG-13 movies are just raunchy!). Listening to a song there. Little. Small. But destroying the root one scratch at a time. The scratches are so small they seem insignificant. But they add up.
I'm not trying to be legalistic here. I am just tired of the compromise. I am tired of the cussing. I am tired of the sex. I am tired of viewing the sin. And if I watch those movies, am I somehow saying I approve? You don't have to agree. I. Am. Just. Tired!
I crave purity. I crave innocence. I crave holiness.
And it goes beyond media. However, our culture is bombarded with media, so these foxes seem to be everywhere!
The Hebrew word for "spoil" is chabel. Chabel means to bind, ruin, or spoil. The little foxes spoil the vines. They bind up our souls and ruin the fruit. I am convinced they are anything but insignificant and small.
For our vines have tender grapes. The tender grapes are where the fruit of our lives blossom. Foxes also eat the grapes and devour the plants. They either kill the root or just eat the fruit. Either way, the vine is spoiled.
These foxes are not easily caught, which is why I say, just shoot the varmints! We want them gone, not in some cage to let out at a later time.
I am on a quest this year of decluttering and detox. These foxes have to go. We may still not know what the fox says, but as far as I'm concerned, he can just say, "Bye-bye!".