1 Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring
lion looking for someone to devour.
When we last flew from Denver to Colorado Springs (COS) there was a most interesting experience. It occurred as we were approaching the runway in our landing in COS. The flight from Denver was smooth – no turbulence at all. Typically, this has been a bumpy flight so I thought the smoothness was due to it being early morning when there is little wind and the air is still.
But in our approach I was looking out my window and saw something that indicated that it was really windy in COS. Just before reaching the runway, our jet passed a reservoir that was covered with white caps. There were also waves washing up on the shore.
Because the flight and approach were smooth even as the plane changed directions, I assumed there was little wind. Seeing the whitecaps and waves, surprised me because I recognized they were caused by a strong wind. Someone else might have looked at the reservoir and never associated what they were seeing with wind.
Because the flight was smooth, I incorrectly assumed no wind. This realization struck me as an important reminder. Things aren’t always what they seem! We at times make casual assumptions on limited information. This can be true of us in how we view relationships, movies, programs, movements, organizations, TV shows, etc… It can also be true of our actions and attitudes. If we’re not observant, we can miss situations that contradict assumptions we’ve made. Something that would be a warning signal – a red flag – is missed and we suffer for it simply because we don’t recognize it.
Think of watching a movie that was said to be good and things start becoming explicit. Do we recognize the signs and stop the movie or change channels? If we are with a group of people and friendly conversation starts becoming gossip. Do we recognize it and direct the conversation in a redemptive way?
We might be shading the truth in what we say and the Holy Spirit convicts us to stop. Do we respond to His convicting presence and speak with integrity? How do we recognize if the company (people) we’re with is bad – particularly since bad company corrupts good character? Let us ask the Lord if there are warning signs in our lives that we have missed and enable us to recognize them whenever they occur.