You read that right I totally kicked a chiwawa today. I was out doing my morning walk minding my own business and enjoying the scenery. I had my head phones on singing to my praise music and feeling pretty good about the morning.
THEN.... all of a sudden out of no where this chiwawa comes at me! Full speed barking, growling, snarling like a rabid animal. It all happened so fast I had no time to think, before I know it this wild beast lunges toward my ankle.
I am literally screaming as if being attacked by a wolf. I start kicking at it, BAM one good hit but it's not enough to maim it. Another lunge, OH NO it's got my sweat pants again. I can only imagine my ankle is next.
Still screaming, heart pumping, (more than if I had actually been running) I'm in a panic!
It's got me again, I kick it again but it doesn't let go. My lighting quick reflexes engage and I take my other foot and hold it down my it's neck. It's squirming beneath my foot and I'm still screaming not sure what to do next.
I look up and there's a man running toward me. He may or may not have been in his boxers but he has no shirt on. He's yelling “NO! NO!” in what appears to be an Italian accent.
Is he part of this crime scene? I don't know. He finally reaches me bends down and picks up the squirming animal who continues to foam at the mouth. My heart still pounding not sure of my next move.
The shirtless Italian man finally has the dog in his hands and I begin to yell at him in my prayer language, I figure praying the perfect will of God is a good idea instead of using the English words that were on my mind... OK I exaggerated here I didn't really do that.
He has the dog and as my adrenaline is still pumping he lifts up the gums of the snarling beast and with his Italian accent yells “he has a no teeth, he has a no teeth.”
I was stunned.... I suddenly get a mental picture of myself screaming in fear with this 2 pound dog on my leg and it's all I can do not to burst out laughing.
The poor man nearly had a heart attack running to save his crazy toothless chiwawa. I can't make this stuff up Gems.
I'm pretty sure no one has ever been gummed to death by a small dog, by any dog for that matter.
I think I heard the Holy Spirit chuckle for the first time. In that very moment I heard Him say “isn't it just like the devil to fill you with fear and he's got no teeth.”
Of course this got me thinking as I continued my walk home. How many things does the enemy use to fill us with fear? How many times have we exaggerated situations in our life before they ever happen? How many times have we become paralyzed in fear when we can keep the enemy under our foot?
The Bible tells us in
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
16 take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
What are the flaming arrows? They are whatever causes you to fear. They are the things that keep you up at night. The worries that cause you anxiety and depression. They are chiwawas that have no teeth because God is in control even when the enemy attacks.
Gems I hope this silly story will encourage you in your daily walk to remember God is bigger than the enemies flaming arrows. Don't lose your peace, but if you do, feel free to kick the “chiwawa.” With a spiritual foot of course :)