I used to think that raccoons were such darling, delightful creatures. After all, they have tiny, miniature hands and fingers that playfully splash in the water and wash off their latest catch, right?
And that cute masked face. Who can resist smiling at that darling little face? I mean, ever since I was a child, I have always thought that raccoons were so cute!
Until I heard them in the dark of the night, outside in my back yard. Ten of them, all growling and hissing, snarling and fighting. It sounded like a hideous monster, or like the wailing and gnashing of teeth. If you haven't heard raccoons fight and fuss, then you probably still think that they are some of the cutest creatures that God placed onto this planet. But when I hear that loud, snarling sound, it brings fear into my heart - for just an instant. Until I realize that it's just those raccoons who are angry because I haven't been refilling the cat's water dish outside. It is then, when I hear their sound, that I realize how vicious raccoons can be. Yes, they are scavengers by nature, but after hearing and seeing them fight, I would NOT want to come across the path of a raccoon at night, by accident.
Tonight, after hearing that horrible snarling again, it caused me to ponder and wonder how many things there are things going on in my own life that have seemed innocent and harmless for years, maybe even since my childhood, but are actually masked with deceit and are filled with ugliness and misplaced motives.
Maybe I don't even want to think about this. It could cause me to ponder too much, to investigate my beliefs and my pride more than I'd like. But a little introspection is healthy for us from time to time. Maybe I need to ask myself more often, "What are my motives for doing that...or saying that?" The cold, hard truth may not be pretty, but often we need to take off the mask of deceit and really examine our motives. Me included. I'll let you know what comes up, what the Lord shows me in my journey, this journey toward His JOY.
Hi! I'm Julieanne!