That Appears To Be Right


Sometimes, life lessons just show up—like in my kitchen.

Yesterday, I decided to make waffles for breakfast.

If you’re going to have waffles, butter and syrup have to be on the menu, as well.

When the meal was over, I put away the ingredients I had used.

Ready for the day, I left the house and did not return until fairly late at night.

The next morning, I saw that I had left the maple syrup on the stove with the cap on, but not tightened.

Upon closer inspection, I realized it was filled with ants.

Not ten.

Not twenty.

Probably more than a hundred ants.

Maybe two hundred!

A scout ant had found the “gold mine” of the century and had alerted all his co-workers of the his sweet discovery.

Ant after ant had decided to take the trip down the bottle to sample the gooey, brown lusciousness of endless syrup.

Ant after ant became trapped and unable to crawl out of the bottle.

If they had only come upon a small drop or two spilled on a counter, they would not have met with their demise.

If they had only been satisfied with the small residue on the cap of the bottle, they most likely would have survived.

The inside of the bottle looked too good.

It smelled too good.

It tasted so good.


it killed them.

Proverbs 14:12 warns us:

There is a way that appears to be right,

 but in the end it leads to death.

Right there, in my kitchen, this verse was illustrated perfectly.

The ants thought going into the bottle of syrup was right.

It wasn’t.

If we are wise, we will ask for God’s leading and guidance before heading into any situation, even if it seems right at first.

God knows what is best for us.

If He tells us to pass on the syrup, then that’s what we had better do.

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seems right