Aside the ant, foxes were the next animals in line to be used by the Bible to teach its readers and users. Have you ever wondered why they were used as case studies in the Bible?
Song of Solomon 2:15 KJV, clearly spells out what these little members can do: “Take away the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes”. Little foxes, though little by nature, has got greater impacts should they decide to strike/be allowed to strike. Their impact for once may seem insignificant, but one will come to appreciate it after the damage is done!
They look so innocent with their sizes very demeaning to the extent that one would be tempted to quickly underrate them. Guess what, you underrate them at your own peril. Samson, during his heydays used these little members to burn a vast plantation of the Philistines.
In our context today, our little foxes are the seemingly insignificant ‘thank you’, ‘please‘, ‘I’m sorry‘, ‘I appreciate‘, ‘it won’t happen again‘, etc, that we ignore. These may look insignificant, and therefore we mostly fail to pay particular attention to them. At some point, we see them as irrelevant and thus wouldn’t fancy expressing them when necessary.
Maybe this young man’s testimony would give us a clearer picture. He had power and authority but didn’t know how to talk, feel with people, or even express emotions when necessary. But he never cared. It always took his wife to calm his business partners, customers and employees down since he never paid heed to proceedings. To him, he was the best boss and was thriving but didn’t know all his successes were due to the battles the wife had been winning backstage on his behalf.
The secret to his reign was never known until the wife decided to go on a French leave. His successes started dwindling and thus had no clue until the wife had sat him down to reveal everything to him. He later became a lead crusader, organising seminars to educate his partners and employees on the importance of paying attention to such triviality (supposedly).
Today, many marriages, businesses, families, bonds, attachments, and groups are torn apart just because there isn’t a focused attention on such issues of importance. Many felt to have said (expressed) them, but failed to do so at the crucial time, hence the collapse of such bonds or businesses.
A little ‘please’ or ‘I’m sorry’ today could go a long way to saving a situation from aggravating in the future. A ‘thank you’ to that person (close/stranger) who exhibited an act of generosity, will never be forgotten. Never think it’s irrelevant, insignificant, too early or too late to express it when it should!
The future is unknown, your present state is and wouldn’t be a permanent state, take it a day at a time, paying extra attention to details and these little foxes. Failure to do so may leave unforgettable and surgery-shy scars on you. Pay particular attention to yourself! (Hmmm, I zip my mouth!)