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home : religion : religion October 18, 2019

8/24/2019 12:11:00 AM
When A Cricket Turns Into A Bat!

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC


I remember it as though it happened yesterday, but this took place years ago. It was 4:15 a.m. in the morning when I was awakened by a high-pitched sound in my bedroom. I figured it was a cricket, a big one with strong lungs. It was so loud my wife told me to get up, find it, and take it outside. I’m not sure why but we don’t kill crickets in our house. I cannot say the same things about spiders or other crawling critters, but crickets get politely escorted outside with a stern warning not to come back inside.

I turned on the light, put on my glasses and began to follow the sound. Needless to say, I was aggravated by this cricket with the nice tenor voice, but when I caught him, I knew I could go back to sleep. I followed the sound until it led me to a chair in the bedroom. Now for the hard part, to find ol’Jimminy Cricket and place him back in the wild. I have captured a bunch of creatures in my day, snakes, possums, birds of all types, rabbits, etc. I was not intimidated by a lowly, little, green, tobacco-spitting cricket!



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I was following the sound and stretched out my hands to grab the cricket when I saw him, but what I thought was a cricket was something else. I saw something move on the chair and reached out to pick it up when the cricket turned into a baaaaatttttt!

Yes, I was so close to Count Dracula that we almost kissed when he flew past my head! I turned to my wife and yelled that it was a “baaattt,” and with a jump that would have made Errol Flynn proud I pounced over the bed and slammed the door. Up to that point I had only made one mistake, thinking the sound I heard was a cricket, but when I slammed the door, I made an even bigger mistake. I left my wife in the bedroom to battle the bat by herself. She was not amused. I had almost forgotten about my wife until I heard her banging on the door, begging me to let her out as the bat flew around the room. She had stopped being scared and was now angry at me. I told her I had kissed the bat and that had been known to make people go crazy for a few seconds and in my right mind I would have never left her to fight the Count by herself. I don’t believe she bought it.

How am I going to make this a religious article you ask? Read on. One of the downfalls of humanity is the fact that we fear the wrong things. We see something we consider harmless and before you know it, you are bit, in a matter of speaking. Look at any vice that can tempt you. A vice is something you think will not hurt you and that you can handle. Look at drinking alcohol and driving. A person says their judgment will not be impaired and they will not get caught by the police. When this takes place, it is a tragedy waiting to happen.

Know this about sin; it will make you pay more when you think you have paid enough. You tell yourself that sin is going to fix something in your life when it only breaks things. That is what sin is designed to do, because it never gives, it only takes. Sin tells you that you will not get caught, or that you can beat the odds and nobody will know or care about something that is just your business. However, God knows and He cares more than any of us fully realize. Sin separates, but God brings us together.

The next time you are tempted by a vice that looks harmless, and they all look harmless, remember it is not what it seems. It never is. I am thankful that Jesus Christ has paid the price for our sins, and has freed us from the bondage and pain that it causes. Live life the way God wants you to live it, following Him and staying away from vices that will be a pain in the neck.

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!


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