2019-02-26 - Armadillo Holes
Where we live, our yard is often visited by Armadillos, who are very unique and cute (to some of us) mammals. To those in the know, they are actually a homeowner’s friend since they eat both termites and ants. (I would love to see a study on the rate of termites in areas that armadillos call home, but that is another story.) But some homeowners consider them as enemies, because hole-digging is part of the armadillo’s nature. New holes can appear suddenly, overnight. The animals dig burrows for their nests, and those holes are sometimes 15 x 8 feet! That is a pretty amazing feat; however, unfortunately, sometimes the holes they dig happen to be in people’s well-cultivated gardens. That is not our family’s concern, but safety is. We enjoy watching Armadillos, and we know that they were here before we were, but we also don’t want any unnecessary doctor visits. Several times, especially at night, I have missed seeing an armadillo hole, and one foot has fallen into it. I have been known to sprain a muscle that way. I am thankful to not have incurred any serious injuries, but I do try to avoid those areas at night. Even in the daytime, I tend to place my lawn chair on the driveway, rather than in the yard. That puts me on solid ground, and helps me to avoid the literal pits to which I can fall.
Isn’t it the same way in our Christian walk?
Psalm 1:1 (NLT) Oh, the joys of those who do not
There are situations, places and people in our lives that can be like Armadillo holes.They trip us up, and encourage us to sin and to drift from God. God’s word tells us to avoid situations that enable us to sin, and in fact, we are also told to avoid even the appearance of evil. Yes, it is wrong for someone to judge us; however, we bear a responsibility to try to protect our reputation as witnesses for our Lord. I encourage you, along with myself, to ask God to show us our own armadillo holes, and to help us to steer clear of them.
Ephesians 5:11-14 (Phillips) Steer clear of the activities of darkness; let your lives show by contrast how dreary and futile these things are. (You know the sort of things I mean—to detail their secret doings is really too shameful). For light is capable of “showing up” everything for what it really is. It is even possible (after all, it happened to you!) for light to turn the thing it shines upon into light also. Thus God speaks through the scriptures: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
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