Catch all the foxes,
those little foxes,
before they ruin the vineyard of love,
for the grapevines are blossoming!
This was a warning to the groom and bride to be on their guard against those things which will sneak in and destroy their marriage. Foxes are mainly nocturnal animals, and have been characterized throughout the ages as sneaky and sly. They are omnivores, eating both small animals and fruits or vegetables. They are not stupid, but rather quite intelligent and patient, waiting out their prey or outrunning it.
In marriage, the foxes are the little things that build up over time. I like to think Steve and I have a very happy, healthy marriage. However, we have to work daily to keep our relationship flourishing and blossoming. We have to tend to it, like a vineyard, pruning back selfishness and guarding each other's hearts from those things that disease and destroy. This is a good rule for any relationship, not just marriage.
What are the foxes in your relationships? They can be as simple as forgetting an important date, unfulfilled promises (even taking out the garbage or fixing dinner), or being too tired to meet the needs of your spouse or friend. It's better to start catching the foxes late, than never! If you forgot an important date, do something special to apologize and celebrate. If there are promises you have made and haven't followed through on, do it now! Save some energy and enthusiasm for your special someone at the end of the day. The fruit of your labor will be rewarding to you both.