ON A LEASH

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

On my walk.
Exploring new route;
Adding distance; new landscape.
Pass through unfamiliar area.
Dogs,
Two of them,
Coming suddenly:
Frenzied,
Crazed,
Possessed,
Vicious…..

Wild barks…
Woman yelling.
Stiff movement, heart exploding.
Head down, keep walking…..
Scared senseless.
Feet away… lunging, plunging;
Choke.
Kept in check!
Invisible leash and collar.
Strained, maxed, tried.
Breathing intense; uncontrollable shaking.
Angry dogs; apologetic owner; frightened walker.
Scene complete.
Strange, untimely, undefined moment….
God speaks:
“And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.’”
Luke 22:31-32

~~~
Satan attacks God's child,
Similar fashion:
Frenzied,
Crazed,
Possessed,
Vicious.
Lunging, plunging, roaming.

“Be sober, vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Whom resist steadfast in the faith…”
1 Peter 1:8-9a

~~~~
Satan sneaks, strikes, steals,
Strategically attempts to destroy.
Seeks a stronghold to ensnare
the child of God.
Mentally, emotionally, physically, relationally, financially, spiritually.
Relentlessly Satan encircles and pursues.
~~~~
But God is greater…
More than able,
Powerful,
Omniscient, Sufficient, and Merciful.
God’s hold secure.
Satan’s attempts stopped;
Evil on a leash.
God’s child …. safe.
His promise:
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand.”
John 10:27-29

~~~
My gait slows,
Grace overflows
Tears on my face.
God’s mercy applied;
Truth supplied.
Preserved,
Protected.
Satan’s devices employed in my life, relentless.
Evil on a leash....
But the hand that holds ... so able!
“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.
And when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."
Christ, my sufficiency; interceding for me.
Interceding for you.
Encourage one another with hopeful message!
~~~
Satan keeps stalking;
Child keeps walking;
God keeps talking.
He holds the leash;
Who holds the child…..
His hand is able and secure.
~~~
“For I am persuaded , that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come;
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39