Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Beautiful, but Dangerous. . .

These are Star Gazer lillies.  Their graceful shape and bright color are both eye catching and beautiful. Their thick fragrance can easily fill a large room.

I hate them.

Don't get me wrong.  I think they are gorgeous, and I love looking at this picture of them.  I hate them because of what they do to me.  Even the slightest sniff of their aroma and my eyes begin to itch and water, my head starts to pound and my nose runs like a faucet.

The flowers are beautiful, but for me they are dangerous.  I am allergic to them and the shortest contact with them brings me misery.

Some things in life are like that.  They are beautiful.  They smell good.  They are graceful and admired.  But they are dangerous.  In the end, they bring damage and destruction.

Just because we want something doesn't mean we should have it.  Just because it looks like it would be good for us, doesn't mean that is the Lord's will for our lives. Just because it is a sweet-fragrance to our nose, doesn't mean our having it would be a sweet smelling fragrance to His.

We must always be sure we are seeking His judgment and will in all things, willing to be corrected, willing to give us those things which appear beautiful, to instead embrace those things which appear unlovely.

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5,6

"For he shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him."  Isaiah 53:2

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