It was calm and quiet near my front door. The water from the small fountain was flowing softly, creating continuous, rhythmic sounds. As I sat on the park bench by the fountain, my mind turned to small lizards and their ways. Often, several anoles occupy the area around the bench, spending their days cavorting from one bush or flower to another. I had thought how there would probably be a lizard close by, just standing ever so still so as to keep me from noticing him. As I sat still, I began to search the surroundings nearby with my eyes, hoping to see a small anole camouflaged and hidden. As I turned my head to the right, there beside me on the red mulch, just a couple of feet away–was a snake! His thoughts had apparently been on me the last few moments.
After the initial surprise and realization of what was happening, I slowly rose to my feet and stepped to the sidewalk. The snake proceeded to slither right under the bench where I had been sitting. Thankfully, he had not done that while I was occupying it. Had I not decided to look carefully at what was nearby, I might not ever have noticed him until it was too late. It seemed to be a non-poisonous snake, but if it had been venomous, well, I don’t even want to think about that.
How many times do I sit on the "bench" of my life, failing to notice the possible dangers around me? Am I an easy prey for spiritual deception? Do I allow the tricks of the enemy to slither close, drawing me away from what I really should be trusting in?
I would be wise to look at my circumstances closely to spot the wiles of the devil, standing ever so still as to keep me from noticing.
What’s looking at you today?