The Path of Least Resistance

Each time I turned the small tractor towards the north I could see the storm clouds growing higher, wider and darker. I knew I had less than 20 minutes to finish tilling the garden. This would be the third and last time I would till before planting. I parked the tractor and grabbed a hard-toothed rake to smooth any mounds or trenches left by the tiller. Proper drainage for the garden is important too.

Less than an hour later the deluge from the dark foreboding clouds arrived. Sitting inside the house, looking out the bay window; I could see portions of the garden, the yard and even the driveway were flooding. As the heavy rains diminished into a sprinkle I retrieved the rake and a hoe from the garage and headed toward the garden with the intent to correct some of the flooding problems. Leaves, twigs and pine needles caused small dams to form in the yard. Raking those out of the way corrected the yard and driveway problem.

The garden would need a different solution. First there was the problem of three major puddles caused by low places in the lay of the garden. Runoff from a nearby pasture presented another problem and third, the tiller had formed ridges with each pass. This made the water form small streams running parallel through the garden.

High school science had taught me that water will always follow the path of least resistance. I stood a few feet away from one of the puddles and I could see a ridge line from where the tiller had formed a dam so the water could not drain. Taking the hoe I cut a trench in the ridge to reach lower ground and watched the water start to drain through the path of least resistance.

The Holy Spirit took that moment to impress a lesson on my mind. “Sin takes the path of least resistance too.” I stood a few moments contemplating the thought, “Sin takes the path of least resistance too.” I remember hearing the pastor say we should guard the avenues of our minds. The Lord was using that thought to show I had not been diligent at guarding the avenues of my mind. Perhaps I was guilty of letting sin find roads of least resistance into my mind.

A few inches of water, if it’s moving fast enough, can sweep a person off their feet. Then they are in serious trouble. A few paths left open to allow what we might consider minor indulgence of sin can develop into a flow that can sweep us off our spiritual feet. Then we are in serious trouble.

Fighting the good fight of faith is not easy. Resisting temptation is not easy. Allowing temptation to find a path of least resistance into our mind will, as James so aptly put, “…it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:15b.
Resistance to sin starts with submission to God. With submission we have the promise, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7


Mitch Owen

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