The covered pan billowed steam. I take three steps from the sink and lift the lid. Flames ignite, engulf the microwave heading towards the ceiling. Two steps to the cupboard. Baking soda, baking powder? Baking soda. Empty into the flames. The flames grow higher. Extinguisher in the garage? Too far. Three steps to the sink, grab measuring cup of water. Throw it in the pan.
No more fire.
In another twenty seconds, every fire alarm began to shriek. I stood still, covered with hot oil mixed with baking soda.
Like most emergency situations, right responses and wrong responses combined to create the result. The water from the sink? Wrong – oil and water don’t mix. The baking soda from the cupboard? Right – I had been taught correctly. When the water hit the oil, it covered me (and the kitchen) in baking soda. The baking soda kept me from being in an emergency room today.
When temptation hits, you don’t even have twenty seconds. What you do instinctively will not be as important as what you have done to prepare for that moment.
King David summarizes the Book of Psalms in the first three verses of the Book.
“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither--
whatever they do prospers."
Principle #6 of Reformers Unanimous says the same thing in a more cautionary way.
“Those who do not love the Lord will not help us serve the Lord.”
Spend time with Jesus and with those who point you to Jesus.
Don’t spend time with those who will take away your joy by heading you in the wrong direction.
When those twenty second emergencies hit, you will be ready with right responses. They may save your life.