Last Monday morning began with a phone call from one of our kids. They are both in college and share an apartment together. This one visited a friend the night before – watching movies on TV – and was surprised by a masked intruder claiming he had a gun…and would kill them “if”.
Yes, it was scary, and my child was knocked for an emotional jolt. But they were protected…spared…God was with them through it. Both of these kids returned the element of surprise back onto the intruder. All at once, in sync, they rushed him, pushed him out of the apartment and down the stairway, ran back inside, locked the door, and called the police.
We took it as a warning…to be more careful…shrewd. My advice?
Always lock your doors, be more aware, and be watchful of everything and everyone around you. Check doors (and windows) again to be sure they are locked!
Early that afternoon, HH left to get gas for the mower. His call came quickly. More bad news. Our sweet Suzy-Q was hit by a car, and she was dead. It’s been nearly a week, and it felt strange to type that last sentence.
Suzy was the best farm dog! And, Winston, our (we thought reformed) professional car-chaser, led her to the road…to her doom. His playmate is forever gone.
Suzy, in her gleeful innocence, went to her grave beside Trudy’s – our Boxer who died of old age three years ago.
My reaction to Suzy’s sudden demise was altered by the news of earlier that morning. I praised God for the years we had with Suzy and for the blessing she was to us – and that we could have been, but weren’t (so, so thankful!), dealing with the death of our child on that day.
Winston now sleeps constantly in his state of depression. He’ll be OK, in time.
When thinking of our child’s innocence to the evil in this world and of Suzy’s innocence in the world of traffic and car bumpers, this verse was on my mind throughout the week.
And this snake on the back porch two days later while HH was out of town fits right in with the Matthew 10:14 verse. (Sorry it’s blurry. I was shaking a little, I guess.) God sure can weave a theme into our circumstances!
Our child and our dog were naive in their innocence, and their lives changed suddenly. I wondered how to teach my child to be shrewd in our world of increasing crime. With a dog, that’s out of our hands. But, we can help our children be more shrewd.
To live as Christ would like, we must be both both shrewd and innocent. One without the other is harmful. We’ve seen two examples of innocence without shrewdness, and the results weren’t good.
On the flip side, to be shrewd as a snake without innocence makes for meanness, as with the intruder and his evil intentions.
I share these things with you today not for your sympathy but to prompt you to think about your level of shrewdness and innocence, which I equate to wisdom.
We don’t want to lock ourselves inside forever – but when we’re home alone (or with a friend), keeping doors locked is shrewd and wise! Do you agree?