This morning I witnessed a
disgusting horific amazing sight. I often have to make trips to the little girls room in the middle of the night. My procedure, in order to keep from waking the hubs and make sure I don’t run into any unwanted centipedes surprises, is to put on shoes, go into the bathroom, shut the door and flip the light and tap on the floor a couple of times with my cane so the buggers know I’m coming and scat (hopefully). This time, the lights flipped on and I saw a bug coming. It wasn’t a centipede, so Brian wasn’t woke up with a scream; it was a little thing about a 1/2″ long. I tapped my cane so it would go back into the bowels of where ever and leave me alone.
It turned tail to run and started doing this little spinny thing as another even tinier bug came running toward it. The tiny bug was maybe an 1/8th of an inch, so I couldn’t tell what it was and thought it was a baby of the other. I was wrong! Before I knew what was happening the tiny spider came up and bit the other insect that had tripped on his web. I then had to got to watch him work. The other bug struggled briefly, but soon succumbed to the poison. The spider then wrapped the bug up and anchored it better. It was a bitter sweet moment. My attempt to save the bigger bugs life by keeping it from coming close enough to the bottom of my shoe went horribly wrong. While fascinated by the action unfolding before me, I had to feel sad for the bug who became dinner (or more likely breakfast) for the spider. I didn’t even know that spider or its web were in that corner. They were not visible (whether to my old eyes or just well camouflaged.)
The whole ordeal reminded me of two things: the movie “The Fly” and how we get entangled in sin.
I have an article I keep in my Bible called, “Sin Wants to be Your Friend” by Tim Challies. He says it so well:
“Sin makes so many promises. Sin promises joy. It promises fulfilment. Sin promises to be your
friend. When you first meet a new friend you reveal only little bits of who you are, what you believe, what is important to you. But over time, if the friendship is to grow, you need to reveal more and more of yourself, you need to open yourself up. Friendship grows out of the vulnerability of allowing another person to see who you really are beneath the polite exterior. Sin asks you to give just a little bit more of yourself to it every time. Just a bit more. Just a bit more after that. But over time sin comes to own you. It comes to know everything there is to know about you. And then it stabs you in the back and laughs with glee as you are left sputtering and humiliated and destroyed. It laughs as your marriage is destroyed, as your church is shamed, as your friends are betrayed. That’s the kind of friend it is.”
Just as the spider laid its invisible trap, sin lays a trap for it. We seldom see it coming because it draws us in gradually, but once we are entangled in its web, it’s too late. Sin swoops in and takes another victim. Sadly, with sin, the sinner is never the only victim. Sin hurts. It hurts the sinner. It hurts those who love the sinner. It hurts society as well on some level. Sin promises all those things we think we want, but delivers death. Only God is our true friend, a Promise Keeper, a Need Meeter, a Disciplinarian, and so much more. Any and all needs we have can be met in God, but we have to choose Him over the false trappings of sin
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. —James 1:13-15
As James tells us, sin happens when we are lured and enticed by our own desire. We look (and do not look away). We want. We place our foot on that web, thinking we can always get away or that it won’t hurt us. We are wrong. Sin, when followed to it’s conclusion ”brings for death”. Sin may appear fun for a while, but that is an illusion. That’s why we should “guard our hearts with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23