To which of the angels did God ever say,
Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet?
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:13-14)
Last night, Irene the turkey met her end. Having lost her mate, Earl, to our dinner table last fall, Irene had fallen in among the chickens and seemed happy to lead a chicken-esque life. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I realized she begun laying eggs again. In the past day or two, it seems, she had completed her clutch and began to sit on them. With Earl out of the picture, I seriously doubt those eggs would ever have hatched unless an adventurous wild turkey had made his way into the chicken yard. The question is moot now.
Cassie, our Great Pyrenees, apparently intervened in the attack but could not stop Irene from being hauled off into the night by, presumably, coyotes. We were left with a flurry of brown feathers and some 10 eggs. We assume it was Cassie who brought the eggs down to the house. I don’t imagine the coyotes were quite that responsible.
Cassie is wonderful as a guard dog. She largely hears and warns off all of the enemies to our livestock. Last night, however, proved that she cannot stop all of the enemies.
Modern life involves attempting to insulate ourselves from as many of our enemies as possible. To this end, we lock doors, pay for insurance policies, eat properly, and fasten seatbelts, yet day after day demonstrates that not all enemies can be stopped. The final enemy, death, can be delayed but has not been beaten by human means.
But through Christ, all of Christ’s enemies, who are also the enemies of man, have been or will be vanquished. Hunger, illness, war, and death will provide the legs for that footstool of enemies. Jesus will put his feet up and invite us to join in the restful comfort. As much as I appreciate Cassie the guard dog, I’ll opt for God’s enemy plan instead.