The Frog Who Stayed Too Long

I heard a story this past Sunday morning in Bible class as told by Mike Hopkins, our teacher that morning, about a college science class that conducted some experiments with frogs. They took a frog and dropped him in a pot of boiling water. The frog immediately jumped out. They took another frog and placed him in a pot of room temperature water but started warming the water slowly. The frog didn't mind the water when it was cool. He grew accustomed to the warming water and they turned it up to see when he became uncomfortable enough to jump out. As the water gradually heated the frog adjusted and stayed. Eventually the water was boiling and the frog died. He had become desensitized to the change in temperature and did not realize he was in danger.

That sounded so cruel to me but it does illustrate an important lesson for us. I hear and see things these days that would have shocked me a few years ago. I don't even bat an eye anymore. I'm amazed at what teenagers and even younger children know and have become accustomed to at school, with their friends and even at home. We watch the news and TV programs and we are no longer shocked by terrible things that we can't avoid unless we want to move to the mountains and become hermits. I see people all around me that are desensitized by the heat (Devil) we can't seem to avoid. We are told to be careful and be alert for attacks from the enemy. He comes in disguise and he comes slowly so we will get used to him.

"Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour." {I Peter 5: 8}

Sharon Paxton

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