Everywhere

Over the last few weeks, we have had some interesting conversations as a family. Today, we will be sharing one of those conversations that felt like an item for a blog post.

On a drive to church, one of our children asked about the black metal plates in the middle of the road. We began to explain that it was a manhole used to provide access for future road repairs. With this awareness, they spotted a different metal covering with inlets by the side of the road and we explained that that one was meant to serve as drainage for water. We drive by this road so often but usually paid attention to the traffic light as we have formed a ritual of applauding the green light. Greenlight implied getting to church early, we needed more green lights, especially on days when the clock seemed to be running faster than us. For today, the black metal plates on the ground had the spotlight and we suddenly realized that they were everywhere, hidden in plain sight. The kids started pointing them out and counting too.

At that point, we spotted a teaching moment.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NKJV

Once we become aware of something, it becomes more visible. A lot like sin, when we allow the wrong things to filter into our airwaves, our senses become heightened and we begin to see the things that feed it everywhere. Name any type of human vice and it typically follows this pattern.

Let me paint a picture, someone who doesn’t take hard drugs can live in a town for decades and have no clue where people who do get it from. But the moment you begin to go down that path, you become aware of where to find it and how to differentiate the different kinds. Amazingly, the moment you begin to indulge, you will realize that it was there all along and you will even begin to attract a certain type of crowd.

Sometimes, we argue that we want to become aware of what goes on around us to prevent harm but in the process, we harm ourselves.

Once upon a time, I wanted a Nissan Tiida. The moment I desired one, I began to see it everywhere; not because it wasn’t there all along but now my desire for it made me more aware of it. The internet is very good at this, if you type a word into your search engine, the internet doesn’t forget even if you do. You will get bombarded with suggestions on every social media platform that you interact on.

When the Bible admonishes us to flee every appearance of evil, it is simply because evil lurks everywhere if you give it room. So Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 NLT

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