August 21, 2022
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
As a young lad, I had several close encounters. Some of them, you’ll never hear about. 😊 But I’m thinking of primarily turkeys, ganders, and a banty rooster, who at one time or another, all chased after me and scared me to no end!
Even then, I was fifty pounds heavier and a whole lot smarter than any of these “birds of a feather.” My brain against their bird brain, and I’m running away from them? How can this be? In today’s environment, you might say these guys bullied me. Their fowl play was no fun! 😊
I don’t remember the end game for the gander or the banty rooster, but I do remember when Mr. Turkey met his waterloo at the end of an axe on a tree stump. No longer did I need to look around and locate that Tom Turkey and then calculate my run time to safety. I think about him every Thanksgiving---and smile. Go ahead, puff up your feathers, now I’m a lot bigger than you, probably thanks to you! 😊
All of us have a nemesis that we fear, even the great prophet, Elijah. He just scored a major victory over the prophets of Baal. Of course, it really wasn’t Elijah’s victory, but God’s. Yet, though Elijah single handedly killed nine hundred Baal prophets, he was afraid of one woman, Queen Jezebel.
In the end, she met her waterloo when she fell out of a window and was trampled by a parade of horses. I wonder if Elijah let out a sigh of relief.
Whether it is Tom Turkey or some modern-day Jezebel haunting you, give your fears over to the Lord. Run to Him, for He is your shelter and refuge!
Fear not—trust in God!
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.