Posted by: kbumgardaner | June 4, 2010

Knee Deep

When I was a newlywed, living in a tiny little house near some railroad tracks, I noticed a huge cluster of beautiful purple wildflowers near the tracks. Thinking they would make a perfect addition to my kitchen, I went with my sister-in-law to pick lavish bouquets that I felt sure would be a lovely decoration for our little home. We stood knee deep in the flowers and picked huge clusters of them  to take back to the house. However, by the time we reached the house, we came to a sad realization. These wildflowers were not wildflowers. They were weeds, some sort of nettle that gave us a burning, itching painful rash all over our arms where we carried them, all over our legs that brushed against them as we picked our bouquets.

How could something so pretty be filled with such poison? In this case, there was no long-term harm done, just an uncomfortable day or two, but how many things in this world are like those wildflowers? How many things look attractive and harmless, yet end up being poison in our lives and to our souls. When we allow ourselves to approach these things, to brush against them to see if they are really wrong, we begin to allow ourselves to be affected by them, until the poison of sin has infected us.

We are better off living as it says in Hebrews 11:25  — Choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.


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