Deep thoughts as I am gardening today...
Have you ever noticed how mosquitoes hang out in the darker, shady areas of your yard? Not the sunny, light areas? As I am sitting in my beautiful but shady Godspot beginning my daily quiet time, I am swatting at the buzzing in my ears. It's very distracting and makes it hard to hear God speaking through His Word.
Then it struck me..... isn't that the same with sin? It is often those shady areas where we have trouble discerning God's voice. We also have the constant barrage of the world's voices buzzing in our ears. Sin is rarely just the neon sign proclaiming all it's worldly pleasures! It ALWAYS starts with one "seemingly innocent" choice that leads us on a really bad path.
Eventually just like the mosquito, sin bites too! Sometimes that bite is just an annoying, temporary sting. BUT like those disease carrying mosquitoes, sin too often can leave permanent damage.
Since we have had a rainy summer we have a lot of mosquitoes. Most of them found to be carrying West Nile Virus. So now along with my morning routine I spray my yard before going out. Nowadays we have spray that will give you a 99.9% guarantee of getting rid of mosquitoes. Yes we are still human and mess up! Yet, if you are daily reading and applying the Bible to your life you can have that same guarantee against sin!