One of the InkTober prompts this week was ‘Buddy’. I didn’t like any reference photos I saw that day. Then I just happened to see this photo on another day. The owl has a leash! It apparently is an owl in captivity while it heals from an injury or is to be trained for hunting or something. Then this constrictor snake seems to be giving him a hug?!
To me it seemed to illustrate how we can be relaxing our caution when we’re cooped up and apparently have no threats near us. Then slowly, we sense we’re being hugged. It feels kind of warm and cuddly at first. By the time we realize we’ve allowed the enemy to surround us, our escape seems almost impossible.
I don’t know what your particular threat may be. But don’t give into it and don’t enjoy its hug. Use your wings of prayer and praise and flee that serpent!
Paul warned Timothy to keep watch. “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” – 1Tim. 4:16 (ESV)