I have to admit that when I first heard about it I didn’t believe it. How can a plastic, painted owl actually scare off birds? But I was tired of bird poo on the deck and willing to try anything. So I visited a local farm supply store and fought back feelings of silliness long enough to buy an owl. And guess what?
It’s a big, fake owl that doesn’t move. It just sits there. It looks menacing and intimidating, but it’s completely harmless. I can tell it’s not real, but the birds that claim our trees as home can’t. So they stay away from the deck… and the flowers by the deck where we have a second one.
That’s sort of what Satan does with us. He sticks these ideas in our head of what could go wrong or what might go wrong… and we tremble with fear. We shake in our boots. We loose precious sleep. We bite our nails. We do everything imaginable except the one thing we need to do.
Take it to God in prayer and thanksgiving!
Consider Paul’s advice to the believers in Philippi:
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. ~ Philippians 4:6-7
We don’t have to let fake owls or fake fears get the best of us. Instead, we can take it to God and trust that He will work in every situation for the good of His kingdom. No matter what circumstances – real or imagined – you are facing, rest in God’s peace right now!