The Greyhound of the Cats
I remember the day we saw our first Cheetah in the wild. He was at Renosterpan in the South West corner of Kruger National Park. Our guide had heard of the cat from another person who spoke Afrikaans. She turned our car around and moved to the water hole quickly. There it sat a short distance away.
The beautiful and majestic feline was panting and quietly resting. Then to our surprise only twenty yards away stood an Impala buck. He was snorting and stomping his feet on the ground. The Cheetah barely took notice of him. I thought to myself, this Impala is crazy! That cat is one of the most specialized animals in the world. It is the fastest land animal anywhere. He can run up to 70 miles an hour!
What we did not understand is that the cat had been in a chase only minutes ago and had not caught his prey. The body of a Cheetah can only sustain bursts of speed for about 100 yards. It the prey can outlast that burst then it can escape. It requires the cat to rest for thirty minutes so that its body can recover from the chase. Many times other carnivores will take a Cheetah's kill because she is too spent to fight for the food.
The picture above is a Cheetah looking for a potential target. He jumped up on a fallen tree seeking to identify potential prey in the distance. Then a slow stalking will ensue until the Cheetah is close enough to spring at the target. Usually it is within a few yards when the chase begins.
The Bible speaks of numerous predators who have their eyes on us. Satan is compared to a roaring lion who seeks someone to devour. Not nibble or play with! He wants to consume our heart, mind and soul! Where are the eyes of the Lord?
Psalm 33:18–19 (ESV)
18 Behold, ethe eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, fon those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 that he may gdeliver their soul from death and keep them alive in hfamine.
The eye of the Lord is on those who have reverence for him. Respect is what all of us want. If you give God that respect His eye will be upon you. Consider your posture toward God. Do you snort and stomp your feet because you are upset with Him? Are you willing to allow God to be God?
Where are your eyes fixed? On Christ. . . or yourself?
Cathy and Danny Sartin
e Ps. 34:15; Job 36:7; 1 Pet. 3:12
f Ps. 147:11
g [Acts 12:11]
h Ps. 37:19; Job 5:20
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 33:18–19). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.