You know, Ive been thinking about that leopard story. There have been a few news stories recently that have caught my attention along these lines. Like the lion which protected the girl from kidnappers.
For some reason I have been thinking about how God speaks and how many of His messages are “Be not afraid”. God says that to us all the time through the scripture accounts. And that was exactly what the whisper to this African farmer amounted to “Stick your hand down its mouth”. The very opposite to human reason.
You’ve got this raging predatory cat trying to eat you? Stick your hand down its mouth! Grab it and rip its throat out. Well, tongue, but who’s to quibble here? It was an incredibly courageous and completely unreasonable thing to do.
Does anyone else out there get the same message from this? To drop your machete, and to put your very hand in the mouth of the attacker? To obey a voice.
It sounds insane, put that way, but how much of our Christian commandment is just such a thing?
The only thing that separates this from the pages on stupid things to do is the outcome, and no one prepares for this sort of event or outcome.
Except maybe Christians who still believe that God speaks, saves, and delivers.
I have no idea of the beliefs of those Africans in those stories, nothing was reported in the news that I read….. I’m just telling you that it got me thinking.
“Be not afraid” “Obey”.