Ambling its way to our car, a deer, as large as a steed, heads for the window to ask for carrot treats. Up close, I noticed the uninvited nuisances buzzing about its head. Groups of flies sitting and crawling and flitting.
The vexed deer kept swinging its head up and down, left and right. But the parasites wouldn’t budge. The insects’ tiny legs stuck like glue. They were persistent. Drawn to the animal’s body heat, moist and salt, congregating around the eyes and ears and nose.
Will these nettlesome flies ever let up? I thought to myself.
I’m no expert in animal care, perhaps like sheep, deers could also benefit from applying oils on their heads during summertime. Good shepherds do this to their fold to prevent parasites.
Flies like to lay their eggs on sheep’s noses, eyes, and ears. Once successful, the larva hatches and burrows itself deep in the animal’s flesh, causing various maladies.
In an attempt to get rid of these infiltrators, sheep rub their faces on hard surfaces, rocky ground, bristly bushes, skull banging on tree trunks. Sometimes, to do away with suffering, sheep kill themselves. (source)
Does this remind you of the issues we face in our world today?
Depression, suicidal thoughts, mental health issues, sickness, diseases. Where do you think these issues stem from?
Whether you believe it or not, we have an enemy prowling about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8). His aim is to drop eggs of lies and offenses in our hearts and minds. These enter through our eyes (what we see), ears (what we hear), our flesh (day-to-day experience.)
If successful, these deceptions and distresses tunnel deep in our souls, becoming strongholds of unbelief towards the things of God, fortresses of fears, citadels of resentment. Baggage of hurts and pain that manifest in the body as sickness and diseases, or other forms of affliction.
We like sheep or park deers — large as they are — are helpless against the schemes of these trespassers. Without God’s help, we are vulnerable targets.
Thankfully, the Good Shepherd is ever ready to anoint our heads with oil. (Psalm 23:5) God’s oil envelopes us with a shield of protection. It repels pesky prowlers away, dissolves eggs of untruth at the outset, and fills us with peace that surpasses understanding.
That’s awesome news, but God’s goodness doesn’t stop there. He not only anoints us on the outside, but He also fills us with the power of the Holy Spirit on the inside. Power to set us free from old resentments, condemnations, shackles from sickness, distresses of diseases till it overflows to other areas of our life, resulting in life and life abundantly.
God wants us wholly delivered, in and out, physical, emotional and spiritual. Hallelujah!
But this doesn’t happen by osmosis. God only asks that we simply come. Just as we are. He wouldn’t force His help to you and me. He respects our will. He wants willing hearts. Souls that acknowledge their need of a Saviour.
God is the Good Shepherd. He doesn’t beat us. He is no longer angry with us. The blood ransomed at Calvary is the guarantee. That is, the sacrifice of the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, at the cross.
He is standing ready to anoint your head with the oil of protection and fill you with the power of the Holy Spirit today. Will you receive it?