Recently my wife and I had a wonderful visit with our son and daughter-in-law in Augusta, Georgia. They both are medical professionals serving the Army and Veterans Affairs—I could not be prouder of both of them for their professionalism and compassion! They are also very fun to be around 😊
We were able to see many of the sites around Augusta (beautiful area by the way), including a quick drive-by of the Augusta National Golf Club. I was able to get a picture of a fence surrounding it with what I believe to be the club house roof behind it. If you attempt to get close to the course, security guards will “politely” ask you to leave. Apparently, they do not want someone like me who has held a golf club trying to borrow a green jacket.
Despite that disappointment, we still had a great time. Our son took us to the Phinzy Swap Campus where you literally walk on a wooden bridge through a swamp—it was beautiful in a swampy way. As we approached the park, I saw the sign that accompanies this post and had to take a picture. It made me chuckle, thinking “do people really need to be reminded not to harass the alligators?” Well, apparently so or the sign would not exist.
The next day it was time to fly home and I do a lot of thinking at 35,000 feet; my mind went to that sign “Do Not Ever Feed or Harass the Alligators”. I do not know much about alligators but did remember reading that their jaw muscles exist to bite and grip their prey in order to perform their “death roll” a term I will not elaborate on! However, that is all I needed to remember to know not to harass the alligators. If I feed into or harass an alligator, I am inviting it into my life and ultimately am taking an invitation to the “death roll” as the main course.
What are the “alligators” we face? Lust? Overindulgence? Greed? Apathy? Vindictiveness? Envy? Pride? To me it is anything keeping us from growing our relationship with God and with other people. Paul tells us clearly about the “alligators” we face, those things determined to place us in a “death roll” in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Do not feed them. Do not harass them. Turn to the One who defeats them!