Sometimes I'm this big-mouthed fish. I see the worm. I bite. I do this without thinking. I trust the thing before me to be what it appears. I trust the words of others all too often to find I shouldn't have. I'm just too gullible at times.
Other times I'm the helpless worm. I've been skewered onto a sharp hook to be the bait for another's delight. This is an unsuspecting, helpless kind of feeling. Used.
I feel like this occurred recently with me. I bit on the opportunity to help someone only to find that the someone was simply baiting me for another. Sad. Really sad.
The glory in it all is not that I was used or gullible. The glory is that God can take me as I am---whether I am used in life by others or skewered and left dangling like a helpless worm. If I've got the right intentions, the right motives in my heart, it doesn't matter if I'm a dumb fish or a helpless worm. I know one thing. I'd rather be the fish or the worm than the hook. It's sharp. It hurts. It hides itself inside another's life and uses that other till death is sure. The hook serves only to harm and send either the fish or the worm--and often both--to its quick demise. I don't want to be like that. Never ever, ever.
[copyrighted, SelahV Today, 2008]