Cars whizzed across the expressway over Lake Jessup. Sunlight lit tiny waves on the expansive lake like twinkling Christmas lights. A clear, blue sky and enchanting lake made me smile but also, reminded me of the dangers.
Occasionally, a fisherman throws out a line or a boater ventures onto the vast lake. But never do swimmers or skiers enjoy the lake unless they are newcomers.
But I know the history of the lake and reality of what lies beneath the surface of the sparkling lake. For years one of the largest lakes in Florida has declined. Because nuisance gators were released into the giant lake for years, almost thirteen thousand alligators were estimated to live in the once pristine lake. Runoff from around the lake sent pollutants into the water. The highway and berms disturbed the natural flow of the St. John’s River which had helped clean the lake. The combination of several problems created a mostly unusable lake for humans even though it still looks appealing.
Life is also filled with enticing people, places and activities which appear trustworthy, decent, and suitable. However, below the surface danger awaits. Thankfully, there is an answer.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! (Proverbs 3:5-7 The Message)
Lord, help us learn to trust you in all we do. Listen and follow your instructions. Amen