If you’ve been a reader for any length of time, you probably know I love old westerns.
I watched an old episode of Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp the other day. In this episode, Wyatt and Bat Masterson hunted for dry-gulchers. The next episode I watched was also about gulchers.
That term must have escaped one of the holes in memory. So, I looked it up. It’s an old western slang for a hired assassin who shoots his targets from a concealed location. In other slang, an ambusher, a bushwacker. A robber who hides in the bushes and uses surprise tactics to overtake his opponent.
(Finding an image was crazy hard!)
A dry gulch is formed by erosion and made a great place to hide while waiting for a victim to pass by.
I love when some insignificant incident like this explodes in my head with inspiration. I know you know where I’m going with this.
Yup. That ol’ enemy of ours. Watch out for this bushwacker, hiding in concealed locations. Lurking behind bushy circumstances and rocky trials, this ambusher paces the dry gulches of life, “like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart” (1 Peter 5:8b TLB), ready to make sneak attacks…
Watch out; he’s around…
Eying his victim. Poised to pounce.
Therefore, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.” (1 Peter 5:8b NLT) That ol’ enemy of yours would be happy for you to fall into that eroded, dry gulch of sin. Jesus exhorts us, “Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger.” (Matt. 26:41a Msg)
Paul said, “So watch yourself! The person who thinks he can stand against sin had better watch that he does not fall into sin.” (1 Cor. 10:12 NLV)
John Dryden, the inspirational English poet in the 1600s, said, “Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.”
Therefore, “Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith,” and “Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].” (1 Peter 5:9a NLT, Eph. 4:27 Amp)
Don’t let the opponent overtake you. Watch out for the dry-gulcher!