The Wild Life

Living on the edge. Pressing the boundaries. Bending rules. Breaking rules. Making up new rules. Survival driven. Sex driven. Danger driven. Self-indulgent. Companion seeking. Sleep needing. Death defying. It is the wild life. I see it played out every day. I’m called on to clean up after it, befriend it, or bury it.

Some of our neighbors just got completely fed up with all of the drama. They have instituted a wildlife relocation program. Two doors up the street our neighbor trapped two raccoons and a opossum. (Why do we spell it that way?) Another neighbor has trapped a couple of dozen large turtles. One man hired a company to catch two coyotes. They were relocated but we still have a small pack not far away, now with howling pups. The ducks that used to spy my car and follow me home in the evening disappeared one by one.

My biggest foe, however, has been a baby bunny. He’s about two months old now. He lives under our back bushes—when he is not under my tomatoes. I’ve finally been getting tomatoes only to discover some half eaten, with rabbit teeth marks on them! The little bunny is quick to tell all of the other rabbits the good stuff is in my yard. It is wild out there. It is a good thing we live in a big city and not in the countryside.

There is a lot of wildlife all around us all of the time, and not just of the animal kind. People caught up in cycles of danger-driven dissipation. Hurting others and hurting themselves all in the name of having a good time. They know they are living on the edge, pressing the boundaries. Soon they will be trapped—not just by cages. Slaves of sin. Pained within and without. What are we supposed to do about them? Befriend them rather than condemn them. Teach them rather than lecture them. Love them rather than shun them. That way, through Jesus, you can help set them free.

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Live the Gospel. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.

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