Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Forbidden Nectar

Notice the fly that has been trapped

One of these damselflies was still struggling to get free. The other, although still alive, had given up hope

On our last day off I spent quite some time examining, taking pictures of, and lecturing my fellow day offers about a couple types of plants we found abundantly along our route. Both are carnivorous plants which "eat" insects to get the nitrogen they need in the acidic environments where they grow. The first being the pitcher plant which has urn-shaped leaves with downward pointing spikes on them and a sweet smelling juice in the bottom that digests whatever unlucky creature falls into it. The second (pictured above), is the sundew (in the same family as the Venus flytrap). These plants have sweet smelling and extremely sticky glands on the ends of hairs on the plant. When an insect touches one hair the other hairs begin to move towards the prey so that another, and then another contact is made by the plant thus holding its prey more and more firmly while preparing for it's meal.

The devil has many temptations that may seem quite attractive... but if we hold on to one "cherished sin" there are other sticky tendrils that begin to move toward us - other temptations that take advantage of our vulnerability and quickly entangle us in a much worse trap that we could have imagined would result from that "cherished sin".

Unlike the flies in our story, however, we do have a way to escape...

"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation". (Hebrews 9:28)

The Son of God, Creator of the universe, came to this earth and died to give me the choice to escape the sticky snares of the devil.

Will you allow him to free you from sin as well?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Breaks From Camp

The view from Big Slide towards the Great Range

The view from Ampersand

...More adventures to follow as the summer wears on!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009