Living out in the midst of cornfields, like we do, losing small animals isn't unusual. There are dogs running loose, not to mention the coyotes and foxes. Predators abound both on the ground and in the air and small animals have to be kept close. The farther they roam from home the more likely they are to be injured or killed by a predator .
The same is true for us as Christians. Predators abound in our lives and they're out to get us.
Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ~I Peter 5:8
Our safety is found in God's shelter, in His dwelling place. The farther we roam from our Father, the greater the chance of being tormented by our adversary.
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper, and from the deadly pestilence. ~Psalm 91:3
The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; ~Deuteronomy 33:27
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; ~Psalm27:5
How close to home are you?