It was a cold rainy evening and we were on our way home from a wedding the other night – than suddenly jumping out in the middle of the road, a big – black and white – Skunk! There was no way to miss it – Bam – it was hit. At first my wife and I both thought that we were moving fast enough that even though we hit it – we would be able to miss the dreaded spray. We were wrong. That distinct aroma began to penetrate the car.
If I had been given just a little more time I could have missed the smelly creature. Or maybe if it had been moving at a different speed and if I had not been trying to get home – in order to write my Spiritual Spotlights thought, the skunk would still be alive and the odor would not have made its way into the car. But the Skunk is dead, the smell was evident and it lingered.
I wish every time temptation exposed its evil head – there was an unpleasant smell. I wish that every time sinful acts were presented – there would be a penetrating smell which I would diligently try to avoid. I would then avoid the temptation and run from the sinful act, but we all know that is not what happens. However, it is only after we yield to temptation and commit an ungodly sin, that there is a stench which is unpleasant to us and to our Lord.
So I pray, help me Lord to remain focused on you and your ways. Help me to be a sweet fragrance to you with my service and praise. And Lord as temptation raises before me give me strength and guidance to turn and run. Allow me to be mindful of the stinky mess it will leave behind once it’s season is over.
Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256