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Religion

Chinese Attack Geese

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted September 11, 2013

RELIGION – Being a prophet is hard work. I have been faithfully and largely alone trying to expose the evil of hummingbirds for years now in Edgefield Daily. People have not listened. The feeding still exists and the birds still terrorize freely in our town. Even my own sons have betrayed me and now and a hummingbird feeder hangs at my own home (the pain of having raised two prodigals.) Well, I again must issue yet another fowl warning. This time it is Chinese Attack Geese.

I have never liked Geese. I used to go feed the ducks as a little boy (they are tolerable, but I do heartily support the Duck Commander’s efforts to decrease populations).  Feeding the ducks was all fun and safe till the mean Geese showed up.  They would try to steal your bread through intimidation and fear. Well I read this week that the Chinese are now using their super-Geese in protective measures.

 “According to a report in China’s The People’s Daily , police in the nation’s Xinjiang Province are encouraging citizens to trade in their guard dogs for guard geese. “Among all poultry, geese are known for being extremely vigilant and having excellent hearing,” Zhang Quansheng, a police chief near the Kazakhstan border, told the paper. “Geese are very brave. They spread their wings and will attack any strangers entering someone’s home.” According to the government news service, the geese are making headway in curtailing local crime. In June, local thieves managed to drug two guard dogs, but were hemmed in by nearly two dozen guard geese that squawked so loudly they woke up the security guard.” (World Magazine, August 14, 2013)
 
The thought of the two dozen Geese attacking me is awful. I am glad that these crooks were apprehended. With robberies in our community and all the problems in our nation, we need to trust in more than attack geese. So, where does our trust for safety ultimately rest? First off, Scripture is very clear that God does not desire for His people to live in fear.  2 Timothy 1:7 is clear. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”

Our confidence is to come from God, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”(Isaiah 41:10) Notice, it is God’s hand grasping to ours, so even if fear overtakes us and we feel our grip is failing, God will never let us go.
 
We often we fear the future and all the unknown that lies ahead of us.  But Jesus reminds us that God cares for the birds of the air (I find this convicting and challenging when I ask myself the WWJD question in regard to birds) , so how much more will He provide for His children? “So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).

In Psalm 56:11 the psalmist writes, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” This is an awesome testimony to the power of trusting in God. Regardless of what happens, the psalmist will trust in God because he knows and understands the power of God. The key to overcoming fear then is total and complete trust in God. Trusting God is a refusal to give in to fear (no matter how evil the hummingbird or how aggressive the Geese are). It is a turning to God even in the darkest times and trusting Him to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is good.

Pastor Phillip



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