Wisdom From The Animals: Day 27
A polar bear’s fur is made of clear, hollow tubes filled with air. They clean their fur by rolling in the snow. Sometimes scarring or residue on the fur causes the bear to appear as cream colored, yellow, or even pink in the Arctic light to the human eye. Polar bears also don’t hibernate. Only a female bear will bed down when she is with her little ones.
“Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked man ruling over a helpless people.” Proverbs 28:15
I become like a mama bear when I feel the need to defend my family or my friends. I allow my passions sometimes to get the better of me. Those on the receiving end of my behavior don’t deserve the treatment that I give them. In this passage from Proverbs, the word wicked in the original language means guilty of a crime, guilty of sin against God, or guilty of hostility towards God. My behavior, raging like a bear unchecked and not in submission to God, defines how I treat others. I don’t want to be viewed as someone that others need to fear because of my mama bear tendencies. Only by walking in the Spirit and submitting my will to God can I soothe the beast within.