With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry!” (Gen. 19:15)
They call her the Queen of the Night, comparing her to a reclusive rock star. This beautiful waiflike flower blooms just one night, beginning at 9:00 p.m., and wilting after a few hours of daylight. It is an epiphyte (succulent) from Sri Lanka. The Japanese refer to it as a “flash in the pan.” My friend sat up throughout the night, capturing its beauty. He did not have the option to wait for another night to shoot the photographs. No, he had to preserve the moment on one specific night.
Lot didn’t understand the importance of leaving the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. “What’s the rush?” he asked. “What’s the hurry?” It was the graciousness and mercy of God that prompted the need for hurrying. He was willing to protect Lot and his family from the coming punishment of the evil cities. But Lot had to hurry—to leave, to gather his family, and to follow the angels to the mountains.
There is always an urgency to flee sin. Flee from those making light of the things of God. Flee from those who feed the body and not the soul. Flee from those who indulge in sinful practices. Your opportunity to flee is but a “flash in the pan.” So hurry, take hold of God’s hand, and flee to the mountain of his mercy and grace.
Flee to the mountain of God’s mercy and grace.
Pamela Kuhn’s favorite word is joy, and her favorite place is anywhere that holds books and sells tea. Her husband, RB, is an associate professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.
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