The other night I was slightly awakened when I heard what I thought was something bump against our screen door in the backyard. It wasn’t enough to stir me wide awake, so I continued sleeping.
The next morning I went out back just to see if there was anything unusual, or if the noises I heard was just another dream, of which I have many.
To my surprise I found a ferrel cat running frantically around the deck trying to find a way of out. He was obviously scared out of his wits–a fraidy cat (sorry, I had to do that). I attempted to open the door for him, but before I could do so he darted full speed through the screen leaving a rip in his wake.
I was bewildered as to how this all happened in the first place. How did he get into our pool enclosure? After examining all the screens, I discovered the truth. He had apparently wandered onto our screen from the roof and fell through the top.
I can only imagine the helplessness he felt as he descended onto our pool deck in the middle of the night, only to find himself trapped with no way of escape.
This demonstrated a similar predicament many couples face in marriage. We all encounter from time to time temptations to do something we know we probably shouldn’t. A walk on the roof in the night was all this cat was hoping for. Innocent enough until he faced the unexpected. How like temptation. When we give into it we are opening ourselves up to endless possibilities that could leave us trapped and afraid.
The good news is this cat finally found his way of escape, and he took it with all the strength he could muster.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
What areas are temptations to you? Does your spouse know of your struggle? If you’ve already given into it, look for a way of escape–here’s a hint…it starts with confession and repentance. Then run full speed into the arms of your Savior. He died to set you free from the bondage to sin, and those whom He sets free are free indeed. Even if you have to run full speed through a screen wall.
(NOTE: the shape of the cross in the hole where the cat escaped.)