He opens doors for her. He waits patiently as she browses when they go out. He allows her first choice of treasures and excitedly informs her when he has found a delicious sample of gourmet delights. No danger will find her when he is around. A sharp eye and keen auditory senses are on high alert at all times.
This is no James Bond. In fact, this is no man at all. It is the one, the only, Shovel.
Our golden laced Wyandotte rooster does not hold open doors for the ladies. Rather, he allows the hens to be the first to meander down the ramp of the coop in the mornings. He offers them first dibs of the clover and scratch. When he locates some choice greenery or juicy bugs, he calls them over to selflessly allow them to eat it first. One eye on the sky and one eye on the ground. He dares an enemy to mess with his ladies. When danger gets too close he warns his ladies to take cover under a bush.
To watch a rooster take care of the flock is an almost awe inspiring sight. His constant awareness of his surroundings and ability to stand guard is impressive.
“Control yourselves. Be on guard. Your enemy the devil is like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to devour. Stand up to him. Stand firm in what you believe.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9a
Like a hawk who patiently stalks potential prey for days or even weeks, Satan prowls on the careless and inattentive. He is a hunter. He loves nothing more than to find God’s children distracted and unaware of their surroundings. Therefore, it is necessary that, as followers of Christ, we stand guard.
So what does this look like?
Pardon my continual parallels to poultry, but it looks like a stand tall, stand firm and vigilant…rooster. From the moment he leaves the coop, he is prepared. He has no time to be lazy, nor does he have the luxury of indifferently perching with the hens. His thought process is attuned to the situation at hand. That object in the sky, is it a hawk or a plane? The animal that sprints past the pen, is that a fox or just that bird dog that tries to steal our food?
From the moment we awaken, our focus should be on recognizing the things of God and the things of the enemy. Delving into His word, fighting on our knees in prayer, searching for His wisdom…these, not only equip us, but also allow us to distinguish good from evil. The key, however, is to continue to do these things. Satan loves nothing more than to find God’s children distracted, preoccupied, and basically oblivious. That lukewarm soul perched on the fence? An instant target screaming for the enemy to snatch.
A challenge for this day: Be equipped, be on guard, and don’t perch with the hens.