On Monday, I talked about the little two-bedroom place that I lived in many years ago.
Lots of stories from the four years that I was there.
Including this one.
The house had no air conditioning, and I doubt very much if it was insulated. It was a very old little house.
And one summer, there was an oppressively hot heat wave. (Yes, I know – hot heat wave…but it was especially VERY hot!)
Inside the house, even with every window thrown wide open, it was probably about 85 or 90. We were slow-roasting.
Sleep wasn't easy to come by. Fits and starts, tossing and turning. Sweaty bodies, and feverish brows.
I had finally managed to doze off, when all of a sudden I heard the most horrific sounds right outside the bedroom window.
It took me a second to comprehend what was going on. It had to be a huge fight between two undetermined creatures from the animal kingdom.
A random "woof" identified one as a neighborhood dog. A second later, a random "whiff" identified the other one…
Well, I sprung up to close those windows just as fast as I could – but it was too late. The smell had permeated every pore of my skin, and every chip of paint, and every loop of carpet…almost instantly.
The whole place stunk.
And was about 10 degrees hotter with everything shut up.
Let me tell you, you haven't lived until you've spent an entire night awake, slow-roasting in a bed of skunk odor marinade.
Stick a fork in me, I was done.
Next day we had to deal with the *carcass* – I was somewhat consoled when I realized that someone else was dealing with one very smelly dog.
Good lesson here.
Stinky sin stuff happens in our lives.
And it can happen very quickly.
Its disgusting odor can invade every part of our lives before we even know it.
No wonder the Bible encourages us, implores us, warns us to be on the alert for the devouring enemy. He's always looking for a fight.
Are we always looking to fight back?
I know I get a little complacent sometimes. I'm a little too clueless sometimes to the subtle ways he works his wiles.
But he is one stinky fellow.
And I have NO desire to let my white-as-snow (thank you, Lord) Robe of Righteousness get all smelly.
So, I'm putting on some armor today – suiting up for battle.
No skunky Satan for me.
How do fight against the stink of sin in your life? Are you winning?
Linked today with Joan at the GRACE CAFE
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