Discerning the Right Light to Pursue

The following was sent to me by my friend. With his permission, I am sharing it with you.

A few days ago my daughter and my granddaughter were here for a brief visit. Just before bedtime I got out my green laser light to show my granddaughter. She loved it, precotiously exclaiming “This is really ‘mazing!'”

After she went to bed I went outside to check on my herd of frogs and toads. Yes, you read that right. You see, the light on the north side of the garage attracts a lot of bugs. Every warm night three to six tree frogs perch around the light for a meal, and two to three large toads sit on the ground below waiting to pounce on any careless flyby.

The herd was in full force! Six tree frogs and three large toads; a new world record! The thought then occurred to me, “I wonder how they would react to my green laser light?” I tried the tree frogs first. They did nothing. Then I shined the light on the ground about 6 inches in front of a large toad. He immediately pounced! For the next 5 minutes I was leading toads all over the driveway as they aggressively hopped in pursuit of the shiny green meal.

Those toads reminded me of our pursuit of shiny green nothings. The toads were obviously hungry. But the truth was there was nothing in what they were so aggressively pursuing that could give them nourishment or satisfaction. It was a worthless waste of time and energy on their part, but it was immensely entertaining on my part!

When we spend our time and energy pursuing shiny green nothings, I wonder if the enemy is like me with those toads. He is fooling us, and is immensely entertained by our foolishness. The toads remind me of God’s leading with His people in Isaiah 55:2-3a, “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live…”

Let’s learn the lesson from these toads and pursue the satisfying soul food of a deeper relationship with Christ and His people!

5 thoughts on “Discerning the Right Light to Pursue

  1. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”

    If our eye be single so will be our heart. Singularity is the secret of His Life and our joy.

    BT

  2. Thanks for a very entertaining illustration.
    I hope next time I start to chase after my own “green shiny thing,” I’ll stop, remember the toads, and say, “Well, I feel silly.” And then go and pursue something of value.

  3. Thanks for sharing – a very good illustration on how people find true satisfaction in life. Most people have Bible App on phones, but no time to open the Bible app. We have so many friends in social media, but very few “real relationship”; read a lot of self-help books but not actually applying it. I pray that I would be able to discern the right light to pursue. 🙂

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