The Scorpion and the Turtle

I’ve been stung – yet again – by the scorpion.  Which reminded me of the story about the turtle and the scorpion.  Or as Wikipedia has it, the Scorpion and the Frog.

Do you remember that story?  It says “A scorpion asks a frog to carry him over a river. The frog is afraid of being stung during the trip, but the scorpion argues that if it stung the frog, the frog would sink and the scorpion would drown. The frog agrees and begins carrying the scorpion, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When asked why, the scorpion points out that this is its nature. The fable is used to illustrate the position that the natural behavior of some creatures is inevitable, no matter how they are treated. It is also used to illustrate that individuals are apt to behave in accordance with their true character in spite of the education they might have received throughout their lives and in spite of knowing fully well the right course of action.”

For the past 4-5 years, I’ve watched a scorpion in my life sting again and again.  And though it can be viewed as personal if I choose to see it that way, it really appears not to be personal.  I’ve watched her sting several people.  Repeatedly.  It’s truly like that’s just her nature.   If she were not stinging my husband or I, she would just be stinging someone else.

Have you ever heard this prayer?  “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”  Have the wisdom to know that you cannot change a snake or scorpion.

And do not forget the words in red, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”  Luke 10:19.

So, though we have been stung, we have been healed and the enemy did not succeed.

But, learn from the bites.  If you know that someone is a scorpion or snake, use wisdom and be cautious.  Treat them with the care and attention that a scorpion/snake deserves.  Do not trust them.  If you do trust them, do not be shocked or angry when they bite you.  For that is just their nature.

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