Keith’s Korner for Winter 2016-2017

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As you may know on May 18 of this year I was very irritated with my wife, Betty. I had just had my gazillionth friendly knife attack (ie. Surgery) and was recovering as usual. I had had some chest pains which from my experiences in other surgeries I knew to be from the breathing tube during surgery – no big deal. And, yes, I was tired and groggy and VERY sore, but that was all to be expected so when she insisted and got the physical therapy folks and our doctor to gang up on me to go to the Emergency Room INSTEAD of my first therapy session – all based on her word, not mine, I was not happy.

When we got to the hospital I was checked out fine – which only added to my irritation. Then Betty insisted on a more thorough examination and so there we went again.

A little later the doctor returns and asks who it was who made me come in. I was glad to grumpily point to Betty in an accusing manner as the doctor said, “She just saved your life. You have two large blood clots in your lungs and would have probably dropped dead in a few hours if she hadn’t brought you in and the pain in your chest was the clots passing through your heart.”

My response was “Oh.”

The whole episode brought Proverbs 14:12 to mind: There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.

That’s pretty straightforward.

Then yesterday as I was bow hunting I saw this passage in a different light.

Two yearling doe came in right below my stand (12-14 yards) and began to graze on the corn I so graciously provided. Everything seemed right to them. Then a larger, older doe came in and looked up in the tree and we looked each other in the eyes. She did not like what she saw. I was in camo but the eyes made her very uneasy. She did the head bobbing trick and I never moved a muscle. Then she did the stomp and snort and sneak around routine and still I didn’t move and the unscented body wash, laundry detergent and softener sheets did their thing so she couldn’t smell me either.

Every time she snorted or stomped the yearlings flinched, looked around and continued to eat. Everything seemed right to them.

I could have taken them and once more allude to Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death, but I didn’t – they were not the right size – they got away with it and I thought about how sometimes – maybe even often – folks do wrong and get away with it too, so how does this passage and ending in ways of death fit in?

Then I got a new insight on this passage. The situation seemed right to the yearlings in my sights and I could have easily killed them and didn’t, but their choice still ended in a way to death. More deer saw them grazing and getting away with it, so they just came right on in with little or no concern and took no precautions.

The deer also did what seemed right, but led to a way to death in another way as well. My right eye is still out of focus while the top layer of the cornea regrows after the procedure a week or so ago. But that was no problem – the deer would look around and focus on any new deer approaching which gave me a heads up each time. They took up the slack for me.

It’s normal and usually wise for deer to do this to avoid any predators approaching. It seemed right, but kept me in the game and one step ahead of the deer right up to the point where I took the shot on the doe of my choice – she’ll be spending her last winter in our freezer and then the oven.

All this goes to show the truth of Proverbs 14:12: There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death. Even when we “get away with it” our choices can still lead to death. We influence others – there’s no way around it. We can do wrong or harbor wrong attitudes and NOT pay the piper. We see it happen all the time, but what about those watching and learning or following our lead and NOT “getting away with it”?

It’s not all just about us and us choosing to take our chances and maybe get away with it. Our influence can lead to the ways of death for others – maybe many others and by “getting away with it we may unwittingly be teaming up with Satan to destroy – lead to death a multitude of folks while we go merrily on our way considering whatever it is we’re holding on to as victimless as we leave broken lives behind and around us.

Let’s be careful in the choices we make: it may not be all about us . It may be about us being used to bait a trap and multiply the number of folks choosing ways that lead to death, because we got away with it.

Let’s choose ways that lead to life. Let’s take heed of these Scriptures: Proverbs 3:5-6 and Psalm 119:105 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths…Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.