Standing your ground worth the fight

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist

She came out of nowhere, this little game hen, and bravely took up residence in our back yard. She knew that “Bear,” my husband’s big Rottweiler, was there. Despite the dog’s menacing bark and vicious demeanor, the little hen took her chances.

Several times we came to the rescue by chasing the hen out of the yard in order to save her life, but each time she quickly returned.

Finally we gave up. She roosted in the evergreen tree at night and walked around happily clucking and scratching during the day. Bear sent the little hen flying at first and even pulled out several tail feathers. Yet, in time, her determination won over Bear’s aggressiveness and he lost interest in giving her a bad time.

The hen had found a new home and she sang in contentment. Bear at times, even let her scratch around the dog food bowl and eventually let her eat with him.

What a funny sight — a fierce Rottweiler and a little game hen eating out of the same bowl.

The hen’s fortitude and bravery impressed me. She did not give up. She did not cower in fear. She did not run. She stood her ground.

She persisted. She pressed on. She seemed to know that victory requires persistence and she prevailed.

Do life’s circumstances ever make you want to give up? Cower in fear? Escape through pills, a bottle or whatever?

Romans 8:31 gives assurance to the troubled soul: “So what should we say about this? If God is with us, no one can defeat us.” (NCV)

Psalm 55:22 gives an answer to life’s problems: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” (NIV)

The hen found herself in the midst of enemy territory yet she stood her ground with courage.

Sometimes we are in enemy territory. We can be surrounded by trials in this world but God’s word describes the problem and gives the solution: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 KJV)

With Jesus “we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

In this life we have problems but we stand fast because we are trusting in God. He has said in Psalm 52:15, “I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you, and you can give me glory” (TLB).

I read a story about a baby bear that wandered away from his mother. A large ferocious mountain lion spotted the baby bear and approached to attack. The baby bear, not knowing what else to do, reared up on his hind legs as he had seen his mother do.

Immediately, the mountain lion retreated and ran with fear. What the mountain lion saw, and the baby bear didn’t know, was that the mother bear was behind the baby bear, rearing up on her hind legs, ready to attack the lion.

We have the lion of the tribe of Judah standing behind us. We will not run. We will not give up. We will never let trouble get us down and we will not allow fear to have its grip. The next time fear raises its ugly head and comes knocking at your door, hang out a sign that says, “Wrong address. Faith lives here.” Stand your ground

If a little hen can do it, so can we.