This neatly stacked set of boxes from recent Christmas loot, was waiting patiently to be stored in the garage, but hadn’t made it out there yet. It was, literally, sitting right inside the open door into the house, screaming to passers-by that we had a bunch of new, cool electronic equipment in our house. Then, if all this wasn’t enough, I realized that I had left three big candles burning! Believe it or not, everything was fine. Despite what appeared to be our best effort at enticing thieves to rob us blind and burn our house down when they were finished, we were spared. However, as God often does, He drew a parallel for me…this time, a sobering one.
The Bible talks about keeping our guard up against evil in the world and the evil one whose whole purpose is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). We are to put on the armor of God (Eph 6:11), pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17), and continually renew our minds (Rom 12:2) with what is noble and pure and true (Phil 4:8). In other words, we’re supposed to blow out potential fires, put away the things of the world that entice us to enter into sin, lock the doors to our boundary lines and turn on the alarm that warns us when we’re stepping into questionable territory. When we let our guard down and become lax, we’re pretty much sending Satan an engraved invitation to come in and do his worst…rob us blind and burn our house down when he’s finished.
Sometimes, we luck out. Nothing happens. But if we continue to leave the door open, we’ll eventually find ourselves looted, sitting in the ashes of our lives.
Thankfully all was still intact when you got home! I have done the same things and am so thankful to God for taking care of things while away.
I recently found your blog via a comment you made on the LPM blog. I don’t remember which one, but your picture reminded me of a dear friend who has moved and her name is Melinda too. I clicked on to see if it just happened to be her and it wasn’t, but I was pleasantly surprised with your blog. No accidents or coincidences here!! 🙂 I also thought it was neat that you and your husband have been together for 24 years. My husband and I will be married 24 years in Sept.
Just thought I would let you know who this new “stranger” is to your blog.
Have a blessed day!
I LOVE it when new people stop by! :o) Thanks for saying hello and I look forward to hearing from you again! Blessings to your and yours…M
Love the comparison! Great way to word it and remind us with a visual of what the devil is waiting to do, if we give him the foothold. Thanks for sharing!