Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
I stopped while running and took a picture of a giant turtle. (My turtle is the one on the right). I was near the turtle but didn’t reach down or bend down close to it.
Later that day I showed my picture and a friend said I had seen a snapping turtle. It’s a good thing I did not tease this guy.
For I did not know what the consequences could be ! Knowing that I’m not too old to learn something new, I did some snapping turtle research.
I found a video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW0hlVwEQK0
In it, a guy bends down, teasing the turtle’s mouth with a stick. (his turtle is the one on the left).
Suddenly, lightning fast, the turtle struck, snap ! The dude in the video has blood pouring out of his hand !
This episode is a picture of toying with, or playing around with, sin. I think that I am in control. I can dabble with sin and I can easily pull back before I get ensnared. I am not in danger. But that is not true ! I should not dare ! Snap !!
After my turtle encounter, I stand freshly warned. Indeed, I’d like to rephrase today’s opening verse as “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil lurks like a snapping turtle, waiting for someone to bite.”