yet they make their homes in the cliffs."
"The rock badger is a rare little animal that resides in parts of Southern Africa and the extreme southwestern part of Asia. The South Africans refer to him as the rock "˜dassie', a word which comes from the Dutch for badger.
badger is a curious little creature that has features that are a mixture of other animals. It has the incisors of a rodent, the molars of a rhino, the vascular system of a whale and the feet of an elephant.
"Hyraxes [rock badgers] typically live in groups of 10–80 animals, and forage as a group. Their most striking behaviour is the use of sentries: one or more animals take up position on a vantage point and issue alarm calls on the approach of predators."
I couldn't find a picture that wasn't copyrighted, but you may look at an adorable picture of a rock badger at http://www.flickr.com/photos/60133763@N05/5758023342/.
Isn't it so interesting how God paints such beautiful word pictures for us? And isn't it interesting also, that many times it takes more than just a quick reading of the Scriptures to understand what He is trying to tell us? Many verses in Proverbs 30 are just such verses for me. And yet a second look, a dig (or sometimes an excavation!) will bring to light a gem of truth that we can hold dear to us. Now what does this little creature have to do with me?
in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."
His home is ideal protection from his enemies.
So is my Stronghold for me.
"Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me, yet I will be confident."
will protect me through those storms.
(Notice that I did not say, "From those storms!" Oh, they come, alright!)
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall,
because it had been founded on the rock."
and quantity time with those of like mind.
and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
Hiding in the Rock of Ages,