As a BSF CA (Bible Study Fellowship Class Administrator) I am responsible for the record keeping and material distribution for our class. Our class is relatively small but it does take a good bit of time to organize and store. For example, I will soon start receiving packages containing 150 lesson packets (each about 8 pages) for each week of class. They ship the first 5 or 6 weeks before class begins in September. So, to be ready, I needed to clean up the space where they are stored. When our class finished up our last study in May, I completed year end reports but otherwise just dropped everything in the garage. I haven’t looked at it since. I’ve intended to do it for several weeks but kept putting it off. Having a three day weekend helped and Saturday was the day!
I set up everything outside so that I could at least enjoy a little fresh air. However, the noise level from the birds was ridiculous. My husband had been trying to work outside for several days and this one particular robin was relentless. The robin’s chirp (or rather screech) was very loud and piercing. Impossible to ignore. As I sat down at the patio table and started looking around, I happened to glance up and I immediately knew what was causing all the commotion. Perched on one of the deck support beams was a snake! I’m so proud that I didn’t scream but I did immediately call my husband. He came to the rescue with a big stick and ushered him into the woods. Evidently the snake was digesting something he had consumed as was evidenced by the large bulge that was present. Within 5 minutes of the snakes exit we witnessed two baby robins fly out of their nest. We figure Mama robin was warning the babies about the snake. When all was clear, they flew the coop, so to speak. And then something magical happened…..it was quiet again!
Very few people like snakes. Of course the non-poisonous ones are good to have around. But when I think of snakes I think of Genesis and the serpent in the garden. He was crafty and cunning and convinced Adam and Eve that they could be like God. Nothing has been the same since. As believers in Jesus, we look forward to His coming again. But until then, we will struggle with all sorts of sin before we die. Sometimes we are warned with loud screeches like Mama robin but most times it’s sneaky and subtle. It slithers in quietly and before long we are consumed. I’m reminded of this warning that God gave Cain just before he killed Abel.
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you , but you must rule over it. ” Genesis 4:7 ESV
It is so easy to become discouraged when we sin. It could be something we consider small like stretching the truth a little (aka a lie) or some huge issue that has plagued us for years. We all have them. And what I’m learning lately is that God will use even our sin for our good and for His glory. God is not surprised and He won’t be undone when we cry out to Him to confess our sin and ask forgiveness. Will the sin stop? Maybe. Unless God uses it to grow us and to teach us that we are utterly dependent on Him and His grace.
I will close with this verse from “Come Ye Sinners” because it gives me comfort and I hope it will comfort you as well:
“Come, ye weary, heavy laden; lost and ruined by the fall. If you tarry till you’re better, you will never come at all.
I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms. In the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.”
As a bonus, here is a YouTube version of the song:
Have a great day!