Being alert in the comfortable

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His look of surprise did not deter me. I looked back down at my check book to continue writing the amount he had just verbally told me.

“You know ma’am, you can’t pay me the fine directly. You have to mail it in,” he said passing the yellow slip of paper through my car window.

Check written, I tossed it on the passenger seat along with the traffic ticket. “I know,” I told him. “Just want to deal with it now so it’s over and done with.”

“Well…” he shook his head slightly, stood up straight. “I must admit that’s a first. Someone paying the ticket before it’s even written.”

I considered his thin, greying hair and assumed his rookie days as a police officer were long ago.

“Glad to give you a first then today,” I said, eyebrows raised, slightly smiling.

Once again driving, my seat belt now secured around me, I thought how unfortunate I was to get a seat belt violation only a three minute drive my home. I deserved it though as I was guilty.

And  isn’t that how it often can be? We can ease up on the rules, press the boundaries to the limit, often in those places where we’ve become very comfortable?

Oh, my friend, I definitely have walked to the edge of boundaries. And fell.

Fallen into a messy heap of consequences.

King David’s Messiness

King David too, found himself in a messy heap of consequences when he messed in an area he had no business being in. Instead of going to war in the springtime with his army, he chose to stay home. And walking one evening his eyes wandered beyond the boundary of his palace roof to another roof where the beautiful Bathsheba bathed. He summoned her; he got her pregnant; he got her husband killed, and his son died at just 7 days old.

A string of consequences started in the comfort place of his palace home.

A slip out of  a boundary may seem innocent. In David’s case, seeing a beautiful lady on a walk in a familiar place was an innocent activity.  But when he took a further step, lingering on her beauty, he began get close to the edge where it is harder to turn back.

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He may have felt he could handle himself and would not slip into sin. Or maybe that he deserved the pleasure of Bathsheba,  after all his hard work on battle field.

Why We Break Our Moral Boundaries

Pride. Self-sufficiency. Sense of entitlement. Lust. All of these can lead to actions that take one over the edge. And when one boundary is broken, it’s easier to break another, then another. And be quickly swept away like falling into a river’s current.

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Believe me, sisters and brothers, I’ve been there. Once it wasn’t until I physically removed myself away from a situation, that the fall broke. And one of the most important lessons (and humbling) I learned:

No one is above temptation. Anyone, even the most righteous like King David, can fall. Click to Tweet

God Helps Us Not Slip Over The Edge

But God gives us the help we need when we stay in the boundaries of His words.

Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil (Proverbs 4:23-27).

And seat belts are best to clipped into place before you start driving!

The Adventure Continues

As per my last post regarding starting my winter search for owls, still seeking! Here are a few shots, though, of those smaller creatures in our woodlands.

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Linked up today at SoarPatriciaHolbrook_RW_button3A-e1485727161169ing With Him

15 thoughts on “Being alert in the comfortable

    1. You caught that analogy, Sandi! I didn’t see it. So often I don’t see the connections (pun not intended haha!) but God is like that isn’t He? He knows how what we write and create will connect with others. Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Lingering with these words today: “he chose to stay home”. Especially as God took me to Judges 5:15 and 16 yesterday – to the repeated statement that: “In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart.” and yet even so, they chose to stay behind and not to go out into battle. And on my fridge I have the well-known John 15:16, but for the first time noticed the word “GO”. He has appointed us to GO, to indeed depart the comfort of our homes to GO into battle, lest we fall back into sin. It’s a transformational journey that calls us to walk forward. Thank you for this timely Word and for choosing to boast in your weakness to the glory of God. Such beautiful photos too.

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  2. Lynn, thank you for the reminder that we should always be alert. It does seem to be when we’re comfortable, or when we’re tired, that it’s easier to slip into a place of compromise. We need to always guard our hearts.

    Thanks for sharing your spot-on insights and your amazing photos!

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    1. That command to guard our hearts is applicable over all our situations, I am learning! And yes, so true that tiredness can slip us into compromise. May God fill you with His strength, Jeanne, to continue to be strong in the walk He has you on.

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  3. Ain’t that the truth and the truth will set us free,meaning when we step outside of his boundaries there are consequences attached.
    Thank God we have an advocate in Jesus praying in Spirit for us.

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  4. Well, my friend, you’ve packed this post with a whole bunch of truths that we need to hear repeatedly. Thanks for the gentle reminder to be wise and savvy and leaning into God’s strength to live a boundaried life of integrity and joy.

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