Skunk gets head stuck in a beer can. Is there a lesson for us?
BILLERICA, Mass. (AP) — A skunk that somehow got its head stuck in a discarded can of beer is being cared for by veterinarians in Massachusetts.
I guess the press is trying to get us to stop littering! Our trash always impacts others.
I believe there is a more important lesson here. Yes, even more, significant than “Skunked Beer.” The principle is that it is always easier to get into something than it is to get out. Think about that. It is easier to get into some situations, habits, and relationships than it is to get out.
Here is a short list:
It is always easier to get in than it is to get out.
It is always easier to get into bed than it is to get out. At least, that is what my older friends say to me.
It is always easier to get into debt than it is to get out of debt.
It is always easier to get into a relationship than to get out of one.
It is always easier to get into trouble than to get out of trouble, learned that as a kid. Some of my friends still are walking around with beer cans on their heads.
It is always easier to gain weight than it is to…let’s change the subject, you get my point.
Jesus warns us that bad choices are more accessible to walk into than they are to walk out of. He explains that our heart gets confused. “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.” [Luke 21:34 (NIV)]
How did the skunk get out of the trap? Someone wiser than he had to step in and release him. A veterinarian and team helped. [I know something about this. My father was a veterinarian, I was his teammate. We also had a pet skunk, it was cool.]
We are headed to Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday, “Easter” for many, and it is the story of God’s rescue project. God saw how our life stinks. Jesus, the son, and Messiah stepped in to set us free.
Trapped – How to be set free…
If you feel trapped right now, pray. It is like a 911 Call. “I’m in over my head, God would you help me out? Jesus, please deliver me!”
Jesus will help. He said, “The spirit of the Lord is on me to set the captives free.” [Luke 4)