“We can’t go home that way,” I said to Sharon as we pulled out of a church parking lot yesterday. “It looks like the police have blocked off the road.” Sharon replied: “Oh yea, and they put up some of that yellow police tape. Looks like a crime scene.” Naturally curious, we drove toward the flashing red and blue lights toward where all the people were gathered.
When we got closer, we could see people pointing into a retention pond near an apartment complex. “Tell me they’re not pointing to a dead body,” I thought to myself. Rolling down my window I asked a bystander: “What’s all the fuss about?” The man replied: “It’s a big 8 footer… do you see it…near the rocks?”
Sharon and I gazed out over the pond and laid eyes upon an ominous 8 foot alligator. “Look Sharon, it’s our first gator!” Sharon, however, was less amused than I. “This is the same street Mattie (our dog) and I walk down every single day. We’ve walked past this pond every day last week!”
Reflecting on this incident, I thought about how crazy it is having such a threatening animal lurking so close and yet be so undetectable. It’s a little unsettling realizing that danger can be so close yet remain so unseen. That said, I was comforted by the fact that danger is not the only thing so close and yet unseen. So is our Lord. Hebrews 11: 1 says: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Every time I drive by that retention pond (my days walking by that pond are OVER), it will be easy for me to assume that nasty gator is in the pond – whether or not I see him. The challenge will be for me assume the same thing about my unseen Lord and Savior in my everyday living.