Without warning, a fierce jerk dragged my arm across my chest at lightning speed, and before my mind could grasp what was happening, I was dog-skiing through the neighbor's yard.
"Sophie! Noooo!" I bellowed, trying desperately to hold myself upright as Sophie raced forward with surprising force. On and on she pulled me, my forty-something body no match for her herding-doggie super-strength.
I glanced up and saw Sophie's goal: a freaked-out stray cat, running full steam ahead.
"No, Sophie, no!" Gripping her leash with both hands, I leaned all of my body weight backwards and tugged hard. I attempted to dig my heals into the grass, and was nearly catapulted forward as Sophie determined to herd that kitty.
I gathered up more slack, leaned back, and pulled even harder.
Finally, Sophie stopped. The cat bounded over a small hill, out of sight. Breathing like a track star after a 100-yard dash, and nursing a nearly dislocated shoulder, I scolded our wayward dog as we headed back to the sidewalk.
While you may not have participated in a dog-skiing event recently (or ever...) , has your chain been yanked lately? Know this: our enemy schemes against us, hoping to catch us off guard and pull us mercilessly off of our paths.
It's up to us to resist him.
James 4:7 tells us, "So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you." (Amplified Bible)
How do we resist the enemy?
- We determine to stay on our path no matter the cost.
- We pray for discernment to know when the enemy is jerking our chain.
- We ask the Lord for supernatural strength to resist when we're caught off guard.
- We just say "No!" to the enemy in holy determination.