Evacuate: Thoughts on lava and sin

My husband is a scientist and engineer. Whenever science is happening, he is paying attention. This means (mostly) streaming live rocket launches, which I’m pretty cool with because they tend to be short.

But this also means that he gets really fixated with on-going stories about science and engineering. For example, I spent *months, literal months* watching drone footage of the follow up of the Oroville Dam Crisis in 2017.

Right now, he’s been fixated on the Mount Kilauea volcanic eruption in Hawaii. Every day we have to watch all of the update videos on YouTube (there’s at least 3 daily videos.)  The volcano is angry at the top, but the parts that are really affecting people are slow-moving and rolling lava flows. The problem is that these slow-rolling flows aren't stopping until they burn down your neighborhood. 

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Then, of course, in the middle of this ongoing eruption, the volcanic eruption of Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego (freaking coolest name for a mountain ever, fam.) And as per its name, it was the spew-y, fireball-y, ash-y, instant death-y kind of eruption:

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So naturally volcanoes have been on the mind. And naturally, since I tend to think about Jesus stuff, I’ve realized that lava is a pretty good representation of sin. And from that, I’ve come up with 2 thoughts on lava and sin:

It doesn’t matter how strong your house is. If your house is close enough to lava, it will get destroyed.

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For those of us who don’t understand metaphor very well, lava = sin, and house = ourselves. It stands to reason that if you put your house at the base of a volcano, eventually it’s probably going to get destroyed by said volcano. You could reinforce your house, or put the nicest stuff in your house. That lava does not care. It will burn up your house, whether it’s a mansion or a shack.  And for us, it doesn’t matter how nice or put together WE are, if we position ourselves next to sin, or some other equally destructive component, we shouldn’t be surprised when that stuff eventually comes to destroy us. And we have planted ourselves right in its path. That’s why I also don’t complain when people freak out when we have hurricanes in coastal Texas. Um, you live next to a coast. You basically signed up for this. Stop acting surprised.

 

Don’t get a false sense of security. Lava can move slow or fast. Just as deadly when it gets to you, though.

Hawaii’s lava moves slow. It looks like Jabba the Hutt’s fat rolls. Guatemala’s, on the other hand, was the spew-y kind that rains down death and destruction quickly. When it hits you, it doesn’t matter how fast it came at you. You gonna die. Fortunately, you have more time to get away from the slow-moving lava (no fatalities reported in Hawaii, while hundreds are still missing in Guatemala). However, sometimes this creates a false sense of security from people dealing with slow-moving lava. Sin in your life can either come quickly or come slowly rumbling in. We get a false sense of security that we can keep the slow kind at bay. Why would we laugh at this guy, below, but think we can build proper fences around ourselves to protect against something that can destroy us? AKA, DON’T BE THIS GUY:

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AND DON’T THINK THIS FENCE IS GOOD. IT AIN'T GONNA WORK.

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Paul, in 1 Timothy 6:11-12, warns us “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”

Flee. Flee from sin. It’s deadly. And destructive.

And my gosh if you live next to a volcano and it erupts….evacuate.