Cold Blooded

3 Sep

Cold blooded…

We were sitting on a big rock enjoying the sun when Grandfather asked do you see It?

Behind that rock I replied

It was a snake, brown and black, and slittering in the sand.

What do you know about snakes? he asked.

I know to keep my distance.

Nothing more?

Not much, I haven’t seen that many in my young life.

Grandfather then said, What You shwould k ow is that snakes are cold-blooded.

Why is that important?

You’re warm-blooded and because of that you can run and keep runnig. But a snake, being cold-blooded, is limited in its ability to eendure, to keep going. Therefore, you can outlast it.

Tha is good to know I responded.

In the Scriptures, the serpent is a symbol of evil, Grandfather said.

Why is that?

Well, he said, not because snakes are evil in themselves but because they provide a representation of evI’m. They often move by twisting. And the nature of evil is to twist. A lie is the twisting of the truth. The impure is the twisting ofthe pure. And evil, itself, it the twisting of the good.

So them if snakes are cold-blooded, then so, in some way, is evil? I asked

Yes, replied Grandfather, Evil is cold-blooded. What that means is tbis; Though evil may have its day, its victories, its time to move and strike– it remain s cold-blooded. Therefore, it can never endure. No matter how powerful the evil may aappear, no matter how triumphant and unstoppable it may seem, it cannot last. Deception is cold-blooded. Hatred is cold-blooded. Slander is cold-blooded. Oppression is cold-blooded. All evil is cold-blooded. And so the power of evil is only forthe short term and the momentary. Its days are always numbered. And in the lo g run, it always fails.

But the good is not cold-blooded, I said.

Correct, he said, So in the end goodwill always outlast and overcome evil. Therefore, persevere in the good, keep gpu g in what is true, keep standi g for what is right and you will overcome and prevail in the end. In the face of whatever evil, trouble, Tata k or sin you’re dealing with, don’t give in. Don’t give up. But press on in the good.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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