WHAT Was I thinking????
We all have ‘that place’ that helps us clear our thoughts.
My place is definitely anywhere – out in the country.
I recently took a walk on a country road with my husband, and we talked about – everything. He asked me what I thought about last week’s sermon at church, and I asked him what he thought was in store for us in the future. We talked about each of our sons, and even enjoyed some time of just being quiet.
No phones. No Facebook. No computers. No distractions.
Although those times don’t happen very often, I cherish them with all of my heart.
After we turned around and headed back home, he pointed out some poison ivy foliage that was turning red. It was incredible! I asked him if he knew for certain that it was poison ivy. I just couldn’t believe that something like THAT could be so beautiful.
So, the curiosity got the best of me, and I walked up and rubbed my hand on the leaf and then touched my leg. I told him NOW we’ll know FOR SURE if that is poison ivy! After the shock wore off of his face, he told me he could not believe what I had just done. Honestly, I even surprised myself.
Isn’t that how sin is in our lives? Boy, it can be so intriguing. It’s presence draws you in, and you just can’t seem to pass it up. Soon your curiosity gets you, and you cross that line of temptation. Then you know….you know without a doubt that you just allowed sin to control you.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” ~ Corinthians 10:13
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” ~ Matthew 6: 13
And I praise God for this….
“My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.” ~Psalm 62:7
“You are always fighting for us
Heaven’s angels all around
My delight is found in knowing
That You wear the Victor’s crown”….
(My new favorite song, by Darlene Zschech – Victor’s Crown)