Last spring, I discovered a new-to-me flower bulb in our landscape: Glory of the Snow. (Click here for that post.) In my mind, a spring landscape plan took shape: sunny daffodils, striking tulips, blue Glory in the Snow contrasting with the white variety and delicate snowdrops.
As I continued working on the landscape throughout the summer, I was delighted to find more and more Glory of the Snow bulbs to transfer in the fall. These were set aside and preserved for later planting. I even shared bulbs with a gardening friend. In the fall, I prepared the beds, laid out the bulbs and patted down the dirt. It was worthwhile work knowing the joy it would bring the following spring.
With the warm fall weather, I got a sneak peek at what to expect. The bulbs pushed green stalks through the fertile dirt. But something was amiss: the green shoots were the wrong shape, the wrong texture and the wrong pattern. These imposters were tall and slender. Just like the wild onions I had been digging up all fall to banish from my landscape. I didn’t want to believe it, but the proof was staring me in the face. Less than ten percent of the bulbs I saved were Glory of the Snow. The bulbs looked the same. I had made the wild onions welcome in my landscape beds. I was fooled until they showed their true nature.
The Bible warns us about deceivers in the spiritual realm. Satan can and oftentimes does make something bad look good. Satan will entice us with what matters to us: appealing to our needs, our desires and ultimately our heart. It is easy to be fooled. We can make Satan feel welcome in our lives because we don’t recognize the lies. Eventually the truth will be revealed with the resulting fruit or lack thereof.
2 Corinthians 11:14
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.