I'll be honest, I have 4 topics I really want to write about this morning, but I'm going to contain my eagerness to write and I'll post them all over the next couple of days. I have always been intrigued by fire. As a child I'd sit next to the fire place just watching the flames move, occasionally throwing in some paper to watch the fire's reaction as it quickly engulfed the paper in it's colorful flames. I'd draw pictures on my door in hairspray and then stick a match to them to watch as the fire followed my thought out patterns in colors of deep blues and greens. It wasn't uncommon for me to be found outside playing with matches trying out different colors and textures of papers and materials to see what the fire would do or perhaps just sitting with matches lighting them and blowing them out to smell the sweet smell of sulpher. Okay, I know, I sound like a pyromaniac, but I will assure you I never burned anything down and my mom was well aware of my fascination.
This morning I awoke early and I was in my bathroom when a familiar intrigue came upon me. I pulled out the box of matches to light a couple, simply because i like the smell. I lit one and blew it out. Then I figured I'd light one more before I returned to my Bible to read. I lit it as I was walking out, and took my two fingers to quench the flame as I've done hundreds of times before, however this time the end of the match stuck to my index finger. It didn't take long before I felt a burning and realized what I'd done.
As I sat down to visit with the Lord at my dining table, I had a piece of ice numbing my burn, and the Holy Spirit began to speak to me. For years and years I have played with fire and matches, many times I've taken my two fingers and put out the fire from a burning a match, but this time I got burned.
To be honest, I can't think of one time I've been burned while playing with fire, and perhaps that's why I feel so comfortable doing it. What others might see as a risk or dangerous, was just common to me. Playing with fire is like playing with sin... stupid. It might give you a temporary pleasure of enjoying the bouncing flames, but one day it's going to burn you. Just because you've played with it before and didn't see direct repercussions doesn't mean they aren't coming.
Sin offers temporary pleasure with devastating effects that often aren't manifested instantly. Playing with sin is as dumb as a 24 year old playing with matches. Let's both learn a lesson today.
Be Blessed, J. Tate