(Photo Credits: Adam Foster)
Mum was right all along. The best thing to do with snails in your garden is to throw them into your neighbours – it turns out that a snail will not travel more than 20 metres to get back to your garden again. This was a technique my Mum practised for a long time, but it is not without its risks. I do remember one afternoon coming home and going out to the garden to look for Mum. She was lying in a bush flat against the fence between our house and the neighbours. When I asked her what she was doing she said: shss, get down! She had thrown a snail into the neighbours and it had crashed into their kitchen window so she had had to duck for cover!
That principle of distance is a good one though. We do need to out a reasonable distance between whatever tempts us to sin:
Matthew 5:27-30 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
I am not a strong willed person when it comes to temptation – for example if I’m dieting I cannot keep cookies in the house – there is no point even trying. It is better to cut myself off from them altogether (or to store them in the neighbours). God calls us to take drastic measures when dealing with sin in our lives, to separate ourselves from whatever causes / tempts us to sin. Too often we toy with temptation, testing our limits, knowing God’s forgiveness is a prayer away. God takes sin seriously and calls us to do the same.
Lord, help me deal drastically with sin in my life, help me to throw away and put distance between whatever is tempting me. Thank you that your forgiveness is always available, but help me not take it for granted.