During my morning walk today, I saw an unusually large number of dried up worms along the path. We have had rain here for several days, and although gloomy today, it is dry. The longer I walked and the more dead worms I saw, the more I thought about them. (I know, I know, a little crazy maybe, but this is just how my mind works)
I love a good analogy. They make for an interesting and hopefully memorable post, and I find them helpful for making mundane, everyday, practical things teach us a spiritual lesson. So, I just knew that there HAD to be a lesson in the dead, dried worms on the sidewalk. Now, usually the analogies I come up with just sort of "pop" into my head. Sometimes in the middle of the grocery store or at 3 am, but occasionally, I actually have to think a little about them!
So what spiritual lesson could be learned from the crusty, old, worms?
Was it the fact that they had ventured away from their safe habitat and into the unknown? Maybe a lesson about turning your back on God and the wages of sin being death? Or making wrong decisions, leaving God's protection? None of these ideas were really giving me a well developed thought, so I walked some more.
The worms quite possibly could represent the Israelites wandering in the desert and dying there, failing to make it to the Promised Land.
Maybe the worms were like the 10 virgins (Matthew 25), five of whom had no oil for their lamps and weren't ready when the Bridegroom returned. Nope, I got nothing.
I am not sure there is a good spiritual lesson to be learned from dried out worms, but they did cause me to think (perhaps WAAAY too much) about venturing out of my comfort zone. Maybe I just needed to learn to get outside, and enjoy all God has given me. Possibly I needed a reminder to just go dance in the rain, enjoy this day, for tomorrow is promised to know one.
Hope you are enjoying today instead of worrying about tomorrow! Today, spend a little time praising God (even in the midst of the rain) and let me know if you can think of any better analogy for dead worms! :)