This is a picture of a pigmy nuthatch. This very small bird is extremely social, and it nests in cavities in trees.
One record of the bird tells of it having excavated a nest in a quaking aspen. The bird chose a spot in the middle of one of the dark scars on the white trunk. This placement allowed the mother bird to hide the cavity by perching in the opening with her dark back facing outward. This allowed her nest to escape detection by a marauding red squirrel.
The nestlings were safe because they had a gatekeeper that kept them safe.
For believers, Jesus is our gatekeeper. He stands between us and the evil that would seek to harm us. Nothing is able to get around Him. As long as we continue to cooperate and stay behind Him we are safe.
But for most of us this does not mean we will remain safe. The danger is not an enemy able to get around our protector, it is dangers we allow in some other way. Perhaps through a partnership with the world, maybe it is a compromise with sin, or it could simply be a decision to violate their Christian values.
How much simpler life could be if we didn’t work against our protector.
“So Jesus said again, “I assure you: I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” John 10:7-10 (HCSB)