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Just Beyond the Gate

I heard them the moment I opened the back door at 3 am. Our geriatric schnauzer scurried to his favorite spot for a potty break, but I hesitated.

It was a whole pack of coyotes, yipping and howling, seemingly just on the other side of our six foot privacy fence. Using an exposed board as a step, I peeked over–into the pre dawn mist. Nothing.

Cooper, our little dog, paid his wild cousins no mind. Yet their eerie cries were unsettling. The only thing between us and them was a few hundred yards of open ground and a wooden fence. “Hurry up, buddy!”

Safely back inside, I remembered this cool product I found online called the Coyote Roller.

It’s a long piece of pipe that rolls under the paws of athletic interlopers. Thus, any frisky varmints who try to clear the fence are quickly returned to the ground.

Back in a warm bed, listening to a now snoring schnauzer, I pondered: “Is there a spiritual equivalent to the Coyote Roller?”

I found one a few hours later, over breakfast, sans coyotes. Revelation chapter 12 tells about a war in heaven. Michael and his angels fight against the dragon, satan and his angels, and prevail. Consequently, the devil and his buddies have to relocate. A voice comes over the loud speaker: “The accuser of our brothers has been hurled down.” Verse 11 reveals the power behind it:

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

Revelation 12:11 (NIV)

Kind reader, the blood of Christ, the truths he taught, and our own resolve to hold onto faith, are more than enough to keep any “coyotes” out of the back yard. As a former pastor of mine liked to say, “If you’re willing to stand forever, you won’t have to stand for long.”

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️


The first photo is by my friend, Gary Fultz. Check out his excellent nature shots here.

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

42 replies on “Just Beyond the Gate”

We live on the edge of our little town, and the coyotes sometimes come pretty close! I have friends who live out in the country who tell stories much like the one you mentioned. The enemy of our souls has a similar M.O.–divide and conquer. Yes, thank God for his spiritual coyote rollers!

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David your analogy here is incredible. While on a fishing trip in the mountains this past summer, I got to know a fellow dog walking couple. They were describing their coyote challenges. The most disturbing being how the pack of coyotes in their area had begun to show up at twilight to lure dogs from the safety of their yards into a realm in which they could easily be attacked. So glad Cooper has a fence designed to protect him from the lure of the coyotes and that we too are equipped with a spiritual coyote roller.

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What a concept of a coyote roller, that causes the enemy to retreat. Love our weapons of overcoming, the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and not loving lives so we do not shrink from death. The best coyote roller, ever!

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Wow! The coyote roller completely set the stage for that verse in Revelation. It really hit home like never before. Thank you, David – loved this!

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Love your daily doses this week. This one is outstanding. The blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony will safely lead us home. And also… Coyote roller?? We need one to protect our tiny shihpoo.

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Good thoughts Dave. Coyotes are everywhere even in our suburban community and the zoning doesn’t allow fences. So, the only protection our little four-footed friends have is staying on a leash connected to their masters.

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So very insightful! That will preach! This story challenges us! We are forced to deal with our fears! When that coyote yelps we depend on our “coyote roller,” it’s called faith. So much truth to be gleaned from this! Thanks Dave! Good preach/teaching!

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Thanks, Andy B. I started pondering the idea last night, after interacting with a sister blogger who lives on a Colorado ranch. Hearing the pack of varmints early this morning literally drove me to the computer to write!

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