I’ve had my canary Chiquita Bonita almost a week now and I think it’s going to work out. I deter my cats with a spray bottle of water and leave my bedroom door closed when I’m out. She stays in my bedroom. She’s been singing a little almost everyday, so that tells me she must be content and comfortable. I’m glad.
When the cats have knocked over her cage, or she escaped through the open birdcage door her little body was frightful to see. Her panting chest and half open beak would break anyone’s heart to see. And then I thought, “Why, Father? Why are the sinless animals prone to the same fear we are? Why are they subject to man’s cruel state of existence?”
Maybe there are two realms of fear; spiritual and bodily. Maybe when the Bible tells us over and over again to not fear evil they mean it in the spiritual sense. You can still be afraid of a shot at the doctor’s office and have no fear of a snake-like man.
‘For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.’
Flesh and blood fear is an animal instinct. Natural. It is the drive that keeps the prey fighting or flying. This is the bodily pain one must learn to endure. ‘For if anyone endures the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God, this is to be commended.’
To be a believer is to have the honor of suffering as Christ suffered. Once you become conscious of this both bodily and spiritual fear have no power over you.
I only fear myself now. I fear my folly and my pride. I fear losing my mind again.
‘Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for God has said: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?“‘
*Princess with her pet painting, The Favorite by Omar Rayyan.