Whew, Take a Deep Breath. We’re going to Learn about Emotions from a Little Snail.

This week’s “Welcome to my World” blog challenge.

In the early morning light, I spotted a snail crawling on the edge of the birdbath. All night long, the nocturnal creature must have traveled up one of the metal legs.

The distance to the top is two feet. From the ground, the birdbath’s pretty blue underside looks like a beautiful flower.

Oh joy, mealtime. The little snail’s eyes fixated with passion. Its internal GPS nudged him or her forward.

But danger waited.

The warning sign was there: impulsive desire.

 Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that “the heart is deceitful.” Feelings can’t be trusted. They can lead us on an impetuous track to disappointment, anguish, depression, and confusion.

Who hasn’t made a spur of the moment decision only to find themselves in peril?

Fortunately, we can rely on the Holy Spirit’s counsel before we respond to our desires. Without His still small voice, we’d find ourselves alone on a narrow edge, like the little snail forced to gauge every movement to avoid drowning.

The good news for us is that God’s promise is there: He will direct us back to safety.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5 (KJV)

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