Have you ever watched a mother protect her child? There is a nurturing, gentle side to every mother but her ferocious protective reflexes come out swinging when she feels her child is in danger. This video shows this intense kind of drama in the animal world.
Ive also witnessed similar drama with humans. I’ve seen it in playgrounds, when a mother miraculously swoops across ten feet of sand, just in time to catch her child as he falls from the monkey bars. I’ve seen it when her child is being bullied and her mother fights back in her defence. I’ve seen it when a young child reaches for a wall outlet and somehow his mother sees it coming with the eyes at the back of her head and arrives just in time to intercept. I’ve also seen it when a mother wrongly condones her teenager son’s poor marks by aggressively blaming a teacher.
It’s a powerful and defensive response… which got me thinking about a bible verse that I read recently.
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly. Proverbs 17.12
I certainly wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the vicinity of a mother bear separated from her cubs. Yet, scripture says it’s worse to be hanging around with a fool in his folly.
A number of years ago, James Dobson wrote about the Development of a Fool. This is the shortened version but it’s powerful stuff. Take particular notice to the names of the stages.
Naive Foolishness: 0 – 1 year
-basic disposition to meet needs apart from God.
Learned Foolishness: 2 – 6 years
– a child picks up a basic direction in how to meet needs outside of God
– what parents really live for is what children pick up
Practised Foolishness: 7 – 12 years
– the child practises his wrong concepts learned in Stage 2
Disappointed Foolishness: 13 – 18 years
-the child is disappointed in his efforts to get his needs met through the way he has learned to be foolish so he tries different ways
Rearranged Foolishness: 19 – 30 years
-the is person hasn’t matured/ just rearranged/looking for new ways to meet needs ie. power, attention, revenge, withdrawal
Stable Foolishness: 31 – 65 years
– this person really deserves the title, “fool”
-this person comes to a point where he adopts a way of life that says, “my value, my significance comes from…
Bankrupt Foolishness: 65 + years
-it’s sad to grow old without Christ/when all you have counts for nothing
-then death/eternally a fool
We all know foolish people. They desperately need to see the reality of Christ in a parent, teacher, co-w0rker or friend so that they will not continue to make the mistake of accepting the counterfeit as reality.
My people have committed two sins; they have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Jeremiah 2:13