Indoor Waterpark Woes

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:5-7

Indoor waterparks are a big draw here in Canada where people are always looking for a place to get respite from the bitterly cold winters.  Now that it’s summer time we don’t think too much about this since people can still enjoy the warm weather. But wait until the cold wind starts settling in.  I shouldn’t be saying this now as people are already looking forward to summer time!

This reminded me of an experience we had several winters ago when we visited a very popular indoor waterpark in Niagara Falls.  As we entered the waterpark, we saw people of different ages enjoying themselves amidst the pleasure of splashing waters and slides while sipping juices and snapping pictures of themselves basking in the happy moments.

The waterpark advertised about maintaining a balmy summer-like temperature.  However, to our dismay, the freezing temperature outside seems to be seeping into the park creating an uncomfortable climate inside.  It got to the point where our son suffered a mild hypothermia causing his body to slow down until he almost slept.

As I look back at this experience, I realized that our life with Christ can go through the same fate if we are not careful.  While we enjoy the eternal security that God promises in His Son, there can be lurking spiritual threats from outside that can slowly trickle into our lives.  These dangers can leach into our lives as we dabble and enjoy the pleasures of the world until we become so identified and familiar with it to the point of enjoyment.  The innocence and entrancement of the experience can cause a debilitating spiritual hypothermia if we are not vigilante.

Child of God, don’t let the cold and dark world bleed its color into the warmth and light of your heart where Christ lives.

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