Heads Up!

My last blog involved lions with a sad ending. 

This one involves lions with a good ending haha! It is true that most animals are terrified of lions because the latter are not considered kings of the jungle for nothing. We, humans, are terrified of lions too because they can end our lives in little time. Some animals however give themselves a fighting chance due to their adaptation to their environment. The giraffe is one such animal. It uses its strong front feet to kick its attackers and one kick can be fatal to even lions. Evidently, lions know this. 

A video that I watched recently showed the attack on an adult giraffe by a pride of lions that had been stalking it. 

There were between five and seven lions to this one huge giraffe. The giraffe appeared to be unaware of the pride until it was too late. It was out getting its fill from the branches of trees but as it got into a clearing in the brush the lions pounced. Some were mawing its hind legs, some the hips on both sides and one crawled unto the giraffe’s back and waited. baiting as though beckoning the giraffe to a course of action. None of them attacked the front legs. 

The narrator announced that the lion on the back was hoping to make its way to the neck of the giraffe. If it could get to the neck, it would have conquered its prey. One lion tried to get to the underbelly but couldn’t hold on. I watched the giraffe make a few steps and the lions along its hips and hind legs lost their grip but they clawed and mawed their way back. The one on its back lost its balance but didn’t fall off.  

It began to claw stealthily towards the neck but very slowly.  

The giraffe kept its head upwards towards its full length, its full stature, beyond the reach of the lions, even the one crawling on its back. It was going to outsmart the lions so that it could survive the attack. 

After a while, the giraffe began to walk steadily and decisively away. It never put its neck down. The lion on the back could not hold on nor were the lions aiming to take it down from the rear. It kept its neck up and walked decidedly away from its attackers. The lions had no choice but to give up. Even though the giraffe had numerous attacks on its vulnerable hind area, it was not taken down. Heads up, the giraffe did not get pulled down, did not get destroyed because it kept its head up, its most vulnerable part. This was its saving grace. Heads Up.

Even though we are attacked in our vulnerable spots when things come at us from all sides, our most vulnerable spot is our head. 

Life is very trying at times and we may get weary but Heads Up, don’t let the devil get to your head. Don’t let the devil fill our heads with his wiles. We resist him by keeping the word of God constantly in our thoughts. Our entire system is protected from the mawing and clawing of the enemy if our minds are filled with the precious promises, reproofs, and motivational words of Christ. The enemy may inflict wounds but he will not take us down. Instead, James 4:7 tells us that as long as we submit ourselves to God we will be able to resist the devil, and he will FLEE from us. This is the tactic by which we keep our heads up! 

Ellen White puts it so succinctly, when she writes, “For thousands of years Satan has been experimenting upon the properties of the human mind, and he has learned to know it well. By his subtle workings in these last days he is linking the human mind with his own, imbuing it with his thoughts; and he is doing this work in so deceptive a manner that those who accept his guidance know not that they are being led by him at his will. The great deceiver hopes so to confuse the minds of men and women that none but his voice will be heard.” Medical Ministry, 111. My friends, Heads Up! - Pastor Kerth

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