Cynch and the Opossum
Cynch is my wife's Flippin Arkansas Terrier, and no that's not the name of a new breed of dog, but rather the name for the town where they were giving away free puppies in the Walmart parking lot. Cynch, like lots of dogs loves to bark. And he can, and will bark at anything. He barks when he wants to go outside, and then barks again when he gets outside. He barks when someone is at the door. He barks if he hears a noise. He barks at the cats. He barks at the birds. He will even look right at me, and for no apparent reason at all it seems barks at me! My wife says he's just trying to protect us, when he barks he's warning us about something. I don't know about that, I just think he likes to hear himself bark. That was until just the other day.
I was outside doing the evening chores with Cynch right along side me. When it came time to put the chickens in their coop for the night Cynch started his barking again. I didn't think anything about it and told him to be quiet and shood him away. It wasn't until the next morning when my wife called and said "there's a opossum in the chicken coop" did I realize why Cynch had been barking he was trying to warn me that something was wrong.
She said, she had opened up the chicken coop door and all the chickens came running out falling over each other then Cynch ran inside the coop and started barking. Unlike me however my wife did paid attention to Cynch’s barking, and saw that a opossum was curled up in the corner of the chicken coop. I guess I was wrong about Cynch's barking, maybe he really is just trying to warn me when something's wrong. When we except Jesus as our Lord and Savior we receive the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38) The Holy Spirit offers us many gifts. One of them being the ability to have discernment between good and evil. Not like one’s conscience, that only knows the law. But rather a super conscience, one that warns us of the folly of this world.
When we ignore the Holy Spirits warnings, like when I ignored Cynch's barking, We can allow sin into our lives, and if not confronted we can literally quench the Holy Spirit(1 Thessalonians 5:19), making our lives more of a reflection of this world than of Jesus, even to the point of excepting things we know to be against God's will, and how he wants us to live our lives. There by grieving the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30)! So now when Cynch starts his barking I'm often reminded of that day he tried to warn me and I wouldn't listen. Is the Holy Spirit trying to warn you about a sin that's creeping into your life? Our are we quenching the Holy Spirit to the point that we can't even hear his warning.