The Little Foxes

Written by: Steve Crowder

From his youth, Steve knew he was called into the ministry which ultimately led him to Applied Life Christian College in Arkansas. Now as Lead Pastor of Highway, after two decades of ministry experience, marriage and raising three kids, Steve teaches with unique insight and practical application.

June 29, 2024

Song of Solomon 2:15 “Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes.”

     This week I had a new experience in my life. After forty-seven times around the sun, I discovered how intense the pain is that comes from having a kidney stone! It’s stupid. Absolutely stupid. You have no expectation of it occurring, and you can’t seem to do anything about it once it hits! And since it was the first time, I had no idea if my appendix had ruptured or what. I just knew I was not okay! 

     My wonderful wife took me to the E.R., and all we cared about was knowing what was causing the pain and what needed to be done to fix it. Of course days later on the other side of it, I’m thinking about the insurance letter and hospital bill that will be coming. BUT, at that moment, “I don’t want to die” and “Can you fix me?” were all that mattered? 

    If we are connected on social media, I know that none of this is news to you now, but I also found out through the process that I only have one kidney! It’s called a horseshoe kidney. Hey, my lucky day, right?! Apparently, it’s a genetic abnormality that one in five hundred people have. During the formation process, the kidneys don’t split apart but remain joined together. I would like to think they just really were getting along and didn’t want to be separated, but to each their own. I have one kidney. And this one kidney has a stone in it. And this one kidney which was so good at getting along before, now wants to interrupt my entire life and body functions to throw a fit about a little irritation it’s got now! A ‘bur under the saddle’ to all my western readers out there.

    And what does the doc in the E.R. say once scans & diagnoses were finalized? Drink lots of water, here’s some scripts for pain, go home and PASS IT! I feel like I’m near death, and that’s it?! That’s all you got for me? Oh, along with the revelation of kidney unification. That was worth the price of admission for sure! Well, that’s what he said, so that’s what I did. Laying didn’t help. Standing didn’t help. Oxycodin didn’t help…except when it overlapped the Tylenol, and then we had a few hours of complete internal peace…a weighted floatation of sorts as best I can describe it! I searched articles to understand what was going on…what I should do…what not to do…what to eat…what position to lay in or stand…ANYTHING THAT WOULD HELP TAKE MY MIND OFF THIS PAIN! And finally I found a promise…in one article…there it was. Once the stone passes through the entire ureter (where the pain will likely intensify the most) and into the bladder, the pain will quickly taper off. Then you watch to pass it. All this pain can be over if it just gets to the bladder! 

     Originally, as I set down to write this, I thought I would swing some spiritual pun with Jesus’ resurrection and how He still moves stones! Or how the saying goes, “This too shall pass”, but I’ve kept this little 3mm deposit of minerals on the counter since it passed simply out of amazement at its size! THIS LITTLE THING CAUSED ALL THAT! I still can’t believe it. How could something so minuscule have such giant repercussions?! I passed it on Thursday, and I’m still recovering from the intensity of it two days later! 

    And then I remembered King Solomon’s writing…how he said to catch the foxes because it’s the little foxes that spoil the garden. It’s the little things that we leave unattended and think that they’ll just work themselves out. We don’t guard our mouth and give a little jab here and there with our words. It’s so easy to not concern ourselves with the little things back at home when work has SO many pressing issues. Sometimes it’s the little things left unattended that cause the most damage in our lives. I heard it said one time that a flat tire is rarely caused by a blow out, but by a small leak left unfixed over time. 

    I vulnerably share my pain with you today as a simple reminder:  watch out for the little things. There are a lot of “foxes” out there wanting to get in and spoil your future. They’ll ruin relationships, break up families, and cause you to lose your job. All over a little thing that you left unattended. As the wisest man said, “Catch us the foxes”.  You’ve got this, and I’m in your corner!

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