SHE does not turn her back on the tiger
Facebook is my alarm clock. Well, the 3 alarms I set, 15 min apart from each other, are my actual alarm clocks. However, if it weren’t for my timeline on Facebook, I probably would have closed my eyes several times and woken up an hour past whatever time I was supposed to be somewhere.
Yesterday morning, as I was scrolling through my timeline to officially wake up, I came across this interesting video. As I clicked the ‘unmute’ button on the video, I began to hear the collective voices of adolescent boys as they described this tiger in its encampment. The encampment was built to mimic the tiger’s naturalistic environment-lush grass and trees in the background, and a small stream that provided him the fish that was originally in his mouth at the beginning of the video. Shortly after the video started, the tiger didn’t hold onto that fish for too long. He quickly dropped it back into the stream as he fixated his eyes on one of the boys standing against the clear observance glass wall.
The boys were fully aware that the tiger would most likely take advantage of their vulnerable position by turning their back to it.
Have you ever seen something move so slow it almost doesn’t look like it’s moving at all?
That was the tiger. Its body moved so majestically into the water that it barely made a ripple. From the underwater view, you can see his feet move through the water. While his pace was slow, his stride was pretty far-reaching. As the tiger reached the clear glass window, the boys were giggled softly in anticipation of what they knew would happen.
POUNCE! The tiger was abruptly confused to realize that his prey was completely untouchable and not as vulnerable to his plans as he thought.
As I watched this video, all I could think about was that this was the perfect representation of sin. However, unlike the boys, many of us are completely unaware of how different sins sneak into our lives to attack us.
Now I’m not suggesting that we are these perfect sinless humans that are immune to sin.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
We all are sinners operating in God’s grace every single moment of our lives. However, while sin may come naturally to us, we don’t have to live our lives according to it.
Typically the big trouble areas of our lives that are permeated by sin aren’t developed in one day.
“Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
Sin is a process. It can be a destructive thought or a compromising situation that can plant a seed. Like the tiger, it can move at such a slow pace that it is hard to notice. A lot of times, it may not ripple any waters in our life or cause any commotion in how we operate day to day.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
-1 Peter 5:8-9
Whether sin moves like a tiger or a lion, the reality is that as Christ followers we have to be careful about the things or even people we allow in our lives. It is typically when the sin has already manifested and transformed our thoughts and actions into things that no longer bring Christ glory, that we realize that the “glass” walls we put up are not as protective as they appear. The only thing that protects us from sin is the truth, which is only found in the Word of God.
So take an inventory of your thoughts, actions, and social network. What are some things or relationships that have already prowled towards you?
What truth from the Bible can you use stop the lions and tigers (and bears, oh my...sorry I had to), in our lives?