One day last week my husband and I went for a walk on our property. It was such a nice day. The weather seemed perfect and we were just enjoying nature. We have a bayou that runs along one side of our property. It’s mostly hidden by trees but there is a small cut out that’s wide enough for two to stand along the edge and look out at the bayou and the beauty of the different plants and trees growing on the other side. That day I was so focused on the beautiful scenery that I couldn’t see what was right in front of me. As I walked a little closer to the drop off to the bayou, my husband touched my arm and said, “Ooo.”
He was gently keeping me from walking right into a huge Golden Silk Spider and its web. Here in Louisiana, we call them Banana Spiders. Knowing myself, had he not seen what was about to happen and stopped me, I may have ended up falling down the drop-off and hurting myself pretty badly. Who knows, I may have even ended up in the bayou. I know the Golden Silk Spider isn’t dangerous, but me freaking out, because of it being on my face, while standing on the edge of a drop-off to a bayou, is dangerous. Search for a picture of the Golden Silk Spider on the internet and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. They are pretty creepy.
Sometimes in life, we may be so focused on the beauty of what we want that we don’t see the danger or destruction, that it could cause, staring us right in the face. I’m reminded of a man in the bible who was blinded by beauty. His name was David. He saw Bathsheba bathing from his rooftop. She was very beautiful. He sent someone to find out about her. Discovering she was married he still wanted her and that resulted in adultery, the murder of her husband and ultimately the death of David and Bathsheba’s first child (2 Samuel 11-12). He was so consumed with what he wanted that he couldn’t see the mess he was getting himself into or the lives he was going to destroy.
In our own lives, this might look like being in a relationship with a person who is outwardly attractive but could potentially end up being a nightmare. Or maybe it’s the ambition of a big promotion, with a big raise attached to it, that will take away from time with family and God and result in ruined relationships. It could even be the prestige of having a fancy car or bigger house that will result in working overtime or maybe even working two jobs, to pay for it, leaving you stressed out and burned out. It’s anything that initially may seem like a good idea but if we really take a good hard look we would see that it could end up destroying us or, at the very least, making us miserable.
Proverbs 22:3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
So, how do we avoid getting into these sticky, destructive situations? First, we should pray and ask the Lord to open our eyes to see potentially hazardous scenarios that we could be walking into. We must ask Him to help us see things from His perspective and to protect us from wrong steps. Also, we should make it a point to read and study God’s word daily. God’s word is our standard for living. It is not only spiritual but it is also practical. It literally has a solution to every situation that may arise in life. Then finally, make sure you have at least one friend who will always tell you the truth no matter how much it hurts. Just like my husband warned me that I was walking into danger, we need honest godly friends that will warn us when they see destruction on our path of life.
Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
So keep your spiritual eyes open and don’t walk into something that you will end up regretting. God says in Proverbs 4:11-12 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
Observe the beauty in life but don’t be blinded by it. I pray that your next step will be your best step!