A Shoo-Roo to Shoo Satan


Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 10:13

The Kangaroo is one of Australia's best known native animals.  It is a unique creature, a marsupial, which means it carries its young around in a pouch - and there are few animals in the world that do this.

This pretty ornamental yellow-footed rock wallaby is a resident of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia where our family calls home. In addition, the kangaroo has very strong hind legs which help it jump from place to place at very high speeds.  The Eastern and Western Grey and the Red Kangaroo are amongst the most well-known species, however there are many other varieties as well, including wallabies, wallaroos and pademelons.  The wallaby on the left is a yellow-footed rock wallaby which is found in semi-arid regions in South Australia, particularly the Flinders Ranges.
While they may be quite cute animals, unfortunately, kangaroos have the bad habit of failing to check both ways before crossing the road.  That's looking right, then left and right again (the Australian way!) and with the speeds the kangaroo can travel at, failing to do this can only spell trouble.  The kangaroo can often be a menace on rural roads, particularly during the twilight hours of dusk and dawn when they are most active.  Drivers who travel at night must also watch carefully as many kangaroos come to feed on the grass that grows by the side of the road.

The Shoo-Roo is not a particularly attractive piece of equipment but it does the job!Many vehicles that travel rural and outback roads carry a small accessory called a Shoo-Roo to combat this problem.  The Shoo-Roo is a small machine that is attached to the front bumper of the car and sends out a high pitched signal, unheard by the human ear, but fortunately a nuisance for the ear of the kangaroo (and dogs and sheep apparently!).  This then, in theory, is meant to scare the kangaroo away and quite often it does.

However, carrying such a contraption does not mean that a car can travel at high speeds and not worry at all about the kangaroos.  For one thing, it does take time for the sound to travel to the kangaroo and then more time for them to react to the noise so this must be taken into account.  Sound doesn't go too well around corners and over crests of hills so cautious and safe driving is still important.  But generally, if due care is taken on the road, the Shoo-Roo is quite successful, parting the kangaroos just as Moses parted the Red Sea!

Taking Jesus with us where ever we go is an excellent way of shooing Satan from our lives.  That doesn't mean we can knowingly head straight for danger and expect to survive without a scratch though! But God has promised, "He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  [And] when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."  (1 Corinthians 10:13)

We know this is not an idle promise - Jesus knows exactly what it is like to be tempted by Satan.  So invite Jesus on board to be your "Shoo-Satan" - you are guaranteed that Jesus will work for you!

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