The fidgety hyrax

“The high mountain crags are a refuge for the hyrax”  Psalm 104:18

The hyrax is a helpless little badger-like animal that lives off of plants in the Middle East. They are known to appear as if they are chewing their cud like a cow. I personally think they are nervously fidgeting their faces while attempting to survive in the wilderness. One of my sons was like that. I recall his first year of organized baseball. He was always a fidgety little guy. He would stand out in right field chewing on his sleeves and ball glove. I literally had to replace leather and restring that glove after games.

So when we feel nervous, worried or fearful, think of today’s verse that refers to the crags and rocks as a refuge for the fidgety hyrax. Larger animals and people hate climbing through those jagged areas. Safety for the little hyrax is found in those rocks. They are wise enough to know that this type of terrain has been provided for them to take advantage of.

In Proverbs 30 it says,“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise… hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags”. Are we wise enough to know where our true refuge is? Are we attempting to find relief in the wrong places of pleasure? Is our place of protection really a false security in another person, group, or activity?

Like the hyrax, we have a refuge from pressures, busyness, and enemies. God wants us to be wise and take refuge and find our security in Him.


Heavenly Father, worries, pressures, busyness, and stress surround me. Show me how to get my security in You. Prod me when I get fidgety and too busy to pray. Remind me to sit by Your side to hash out all that I am going through. Thank You that You long to take care of me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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