This morning is really cold but beautiful. As the sun beamed down on the trees and the road yesterday, the snow disappeared. This morning however the trees look like glistening diamonds as the sun beams reach them. Frozen in the night, the water turned to ice forming crystals. Outside my window is breathtaking. I noticed a little squirrel in the top of one tree munching on a goodie he must have hidden and dug out. The air still looks cold and the fog from the lake close to the ground still lurks as if I am watching a movie unfold as the sun rises. The fog overtakes the trees and I no longer see them glisten only the trunks since visibility limited for moments of time.
Ice can have two sides, beauty and dangerous. Shining and twinkling yet sharp and slick. It captivates everything in it’s sight not just choosing across the landscape but consuming the entire surrounding. There is many beautiful things that may attract our eye yet they are dangerous, slick and sharp, deadly enough to kill. Sin in all forms takes on a new meaning when a person views it as beautiful and enticing. We know that Jesus tempted to such as he was led away in the wilderness and satan came to him and showed him a beautiful sight on top of the mountain promising that it would be his if he would only bow down to him. We know Jesus rebuked and refused. How many times do we fail God when we are tempted to a beautiful sight or because of lust of the eyes, wanting without thinking about the consequences. It is though we jump into a speeding car and drive across the black ice and call it fun. The sinful fun only last for a season for the end result will be that of a crash. We find ourselves cut, scarred, bleeding from the heart from our own mistakes yet Jesus is there waiting, ready to melt the ice from our soul. It is He that makes true beauty and once He has captured our very soul, hopefully as we grow in Him, we look away from enticing lust for we know the result.
As for this morning, I think of His beauty, His creation, His power and how much He truly loves us. I wouldn’t want to live any other way.
Prayer: Lord I thank you for your glory, your power and your beauty you allow us to perceive. I pray for wisdom to know when the enemy entices us that may draw us away from you. I pray for strength to overcome all temptations of the flesh and the lust of the eyes. I want to behold your beauty and your glory as we all walk in your holiness. In Jesus name. Amen
I John 2:16 New International Version (©1984)
For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.
I John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.