Tuesday, April 21, 2009

They're Everywhere

If I had to describe yesterday in one word, it would be wet. It rained all day.

One of the byproducts of a spring rain is worms. They come out of the ground to, well, I don't know why, but they come out.

When I was a kid, I would spend at least a week at my grandma's. She lived on a lake and it was so much fun. I remember digging in her garden for worms and fishing with them. But somewhere along the way, my idea of worms changed. They are no longer a source of fun but a source of fear.

About 10 years ago on a rainy day, not not unlike yesterday, I got home, parked in the garage, closed the garage door and as I turned to walk into the house, I saw them. Hundreds (thousands in my head) of worms on the street, sidewalk, even on the porch (though at first I couldn't see that far). I was paralyzed. I started a conversation in my head trying to get my legs to start moving.

Now my fear wasn't because I thought the worms would harm me. The fear was that I would step on them. It wasn't because I thought I would kill them under my feet (but ewww), but that they would touch me. If I stepped on one, it would get on my shoe and follow me around. I'm so glad no one had a video camera on me because I got as high on my toes as I could and I quickly bobbed and weaved avoiding them as best I could (which was hard because there were so many). I know I stepped on some. Then I got to the door and I had to stop moving to unlock it. I was certain they were crawling on me. I get chills just thinking about it.

So yesterday, as I walked from my car to the office, they were there again. Not as many, but they were there and I avoided them as I do every time I see them. I was feeling anxiety and truthfully, sick to my stomach. I'm not sure where this irrational fear came from, but at least it's a source of entertainment for my family.

As I was thinking about how crazy this is, I was reminded that just like those worms (who are out to get me), temptation is all around. It's unavoidable. I'm going to step in it. It's going to come on harder and stronger when it's cloudy. The Son can't shine when clouds of sin are covering my life. Then I remember that I'm to keep my eyes on Jesus, not on the world around me. If I would have been looking at my destination instead of the path I was on, I would not have noticed the creepy worms. In the same way, if I keep my eyes focused on Jesus, whatever comes along the path will not harm me.
1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has siezed you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so you can stand up under it.
There's always an escape. Even if it means throwing away your shoes after stepping on a few worms.


  1. Worm walking!!! I never saw anything like that here is SC but it did sound creepy. I love your analogy to sin and temptation. Yes, focused on Him to the exclusion of the seductions, distractions, etc. is the only way we press to the finish! Great blog, great post.

  2. Ha! We have that problem here in TN too. Temptation.
    Seems as I grow and the more I try to avoid it, I can't because it's there at every step I take. When I go out I usually just wear the same shoes. No use messin up a good pair when I have to squish the temptation under my feet.

  3. Thanks, Kay. You have no idea how creepy. Kind of wish I would have had my camera. Kind of.

  4. Scott - it's good to know that temptation isn't just a Michigan thing. Thanks.