One of our favorite roosters decided to take a dip in one of our larger troughs. I'm sure the sparkling goldfish swimming about in there caught his eye. He probably couldn't tell the real depth of the water from above. Not considering the depth or the consequences and hastily responding to temptation, he went for it. I'm sitting in the living room doing my bible study and hear our dogs barking their real bark, indicating something might be wrong. I walk around the house looking out the windows to see if anything of consequence is out there. I don't really notice anything. The barking continues. I notice their hanging out at the back corner of the yard near the pasture gate. Then I see it, a bright red comb and waddle bobbing up and down in the trough. I race out there to rescue Dr. Doolittle from the water. He waddles away, drenched, soaked, and shivering. I check on him for about fifteen minutes. His condition hasn't changed much and he may not make it. He took in quite a bit of water.
Like the tempting water, decorated with sparkling gold fish, sin can entrap us quicker than we realize it. It may look beautiful. It may sparkle. It may be calling our name. We often can't tell the depth of the sin when we first start stepping into it. We often can't tell that there are very few ways to get to safety. The only way Dr. Doolittle was going to survive was for someone to come to his rescue in time. If he had just resisted and stayed out of the trough and drank from the chicken waterers he would have been fine. He wouldn't have taken in too much water. His only hope was being rescued. If we would just resist sin and stay away from it we could avoid the pain and suffering. If we just drink from the Water of Life and not from the trough of the world, we'd be OK. But like the dogs warned me that something was wrong, our brothers and sisters in Christ are here to warn us when something's wrong. Jesus can and will rescue us. But, it takes time for the weight of our sin to be removed, we have to dry out, like Dr. Doolittle. The affects of our sin often hang around a little while and we have to deal with the aftermath. But there is grace and mercy to be found in our Redeemer. The moral of today's farm lesson, drink from the Living Water, not from the dirty trough of the world, and brothers and sisters, keep an eye on each other.