“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me.”
It defies gravity, walking up walls and across ceilings; it is harmless and only an inch-and-a-half long if you include its tail. It’s the gecko.
There are 670 species of geckos around the world. They are found in deserts and jungles, and they like living in homes where they are excellent at controlling insects, while leaving almost no trace of their presence. But the feature of the gecko that inspires the most wonder is its ability to effortlessly walk up a wall or across the ceiling.
To accomplish this neat trick, the gecko has pads on his feet. Under the microscope, these pads look like tiny pincushions. Each microscopic bristle contains even smaller branches, enabling the gecko’s foot to hook, with these microscopic hooks, into the smallest irregularities. Some geckos have over a billion of these hook-like hairs on their feet! Incidentally, this explains why geckos walk with that funny skitter. Each foot must be unhooked before it is lifted for the next step.
Unfortunately, when the gecko is stuck to a wall, and the wall falls, he will fall with it. The same is true of us. If we cling to evil – we will end up going where the evil goes. It is not by our own good intentions, but only through Jesus Christ that we are released from evil through the forgiveness of sins.
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, make me more uncomfortable when evil comes before my eyes. Do not let evil cling to me, but wash me clean in Your blood, and give me Your peace. Amen.
Photo: Close-up of the underside of a gecko’s foot as it walks on a glass wall. Courtesy of Bjørn Christian Tørrissen. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.