Thinking Out Loud - Ms. Green

Commentaries from a female, conservative Christian worldview. Intermittent observations on human behavior and current events. Occasional bursts of personal tirades,confessions, and discoveries. Frequent discussions about my "Narrow-Minded Faith".

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sometimes Obstacles are in our Best Interest

Dick Powell is a friend who sends out devotionals on a regular basis, of which I am a recipient. The one for today was especially thought provoking to me, and I got permission from him to post it here. If you are interested in getting on Dick’s list to receive future devotionals, email me and I’ll pass along your email to him.
Here’s today’s article:

I was intrigued by the headlines on the news website. “Woman Attacked by Polar Bear.” A casual perusal of the headlines would tend to conjure up images that have nothing to do with the actual facts. I first thought a polar bear had escaped from the zoo to go on a murderous rampage, tracking down and mauling an innocent woman. Can’t they do a better job of controlling these animals? Turns out that’s not the way it happened. I think the headline should have read, “Polar Bear Reacts to Unprovoked Attack by Strange Woman.” The woman did not accidentally end up on the polar bear habitat. She had to climb a fence, go over a line of prickly hedges, and scale another wall before jumping into the water and swimming directly towards a surprised bear. In spite of their friendly appearance and starring roles in movies and commercials, polar bears are not receptive to intruders in their habitat. When it was threatened, the bear did what polar bears always do; it attacked. The woman survived but I suspect she will not have fond memories of her polar bear adventure.
Human behavior is such a mystery. For some reason, we seem to be attracted to those things that do us the most harm. It’s not as if we haven’t been warned. Warning labels, danger signs, and high fences abound, but our determination to run towards harm is practically without limit. The same thing is true of spiritual danger. Even though God has given explicit instructions about how we ought to live, our inclination is to ignore the warning signs, climb the fence, and run towards sin. Then sin does what it always does. It separates us from God, brings pain into our lives, and leaves us wounded and wondering how we got into this mess. Temptation will always be a problem, but next time we are tempted to climb the fence, perhaps we should consider whether it is there for a reason.

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At 11:09 PM, Blogger TRUTH-PAIN said...

A very strong point Ms Green... I failed to notice that when i saw that ridiculous (to me) piece of video yesterday ....

At 6:53 AM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

Hi TP. Nice to see you back again (here and at your place too).
I'm assuming the video you are referring to is about the woman and the polar bear? Haven't seen it. Just heard about her on the radio.
Wonder if she thought the polar bear was a friend of Al Gore and just wanted to tell him how sorry she was about this global warming problem we've caused...

At 8:13 AM, Blogger David Wyatt said...

Ms Green, what an excellent devotional! Shows why we must have Christ, otherwise we always go toward sin. God Bless you!


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