We pulled up to a group of vehicles in the Kruger National Park. It was obvious that someone had caught a glimpse of an elusive animal. The road was high above the wash below and I thought that our opportunity to see the animal was very remote.
A large covert was beneath our car and the road. The trees, bushes and high grass blocked any clear view in the distance. Then suddenly . . . it happened. The beautiful cat sprung onto the shoulder of the road and began walking right beside our vehicle.We were stunned to see this magnificent cat only a meter away! Then we took the picture you see here.
Leopards live in areas of the world where sufficient cover is provided for concealment. This cat is stealthy! It is bold! It is also versatile as a predator. It can survive in places that other cats cannot.
We have seen this spotted panther while it was on the hunt. Laying close to the ground and watching its prey. It would creep slowly and position itself to pounce on the desired prey. It is the quintessential ambush and stalking predator of the animal kingdom. Then it climbs a tree with its kill and begins to consume its prize.
The leopard was an animal feared in ancient times (Jer. 5:6). It was admired for its swiftness (Hab. 1:8). Daniel 7:6 uses the leopard to show prophetic visions of nations that will quickly conquer major countries.
Sin and our spiritual enemy are just like the Leopard. It stalks the heart of a person and ambushes you when you are unaware. Many times, we have heard someone say, I didn’t see that coming. Be aware and look for the enemy in your life. Sin never changes its spots!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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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.