by Heather Tietz
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves him who follows after righteousness.
There is a beautiful beach in Corona del Mar, California, framed in by rocks and tide pools, and running through the middle of the sand is a playful little stream that flows from the million dollar homes above.
The stream is an inviting place to play, especially for little ones. Unfortunately, it’s also the most dangerous place for them to be.
Water in and of itself is good. But this run-off water has fallen on driveways sprayed with weed killers, cars coated in exhaust fumes, plants laced with pesticides, and roads littered with oil. This playful little stream is really a toxic trap. To any parent who sees the hidden warning sign after their child has been playing in it, it’s an abomination.
We are a little like water. We can’t always control where we fall, where we’re born, if our family is dysfunctional, or our city is safe. But we can control what we absorb and what we take into our hearts. Do we routinely put Jesus’ desires there or our own worldly lusts?
God loves us whether we reach for abominable movies, reckless music, and dangerous activities or life-sustaining, love-giving ones. But like a good parent, He hates what corrupts us. He hates what makes us sick. Your good Father wants what’s best for you. Why run anywhere else?
Stay close to God’s safe embrace.
Help me to keep myself clean, and not pollute my mind or my body with things that don’t glorify You.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.