I could not resist the use of this photo!! LMBO!! Back in the day, we called this action "catching out!" There are so many situations that come about in life, where we SHOULD catch out. This thought takes me to Genesis 39:11&12, " One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house." In other words, Joseph "CAUGHT OUT!!"
Think about all your experiences throughout life so far. Now focus in on the ones you NEVER EVER want to repeat. When I see signs that a situation is going in a way that even REMOTELY resembles one of these not so great experiences, I catch out! Why risk it? Why play with it? Think about it from this point of view. Years ago, I would run a particular, 2 mile route every day. One day, I decided to take it a little farther, going down a street I had never run before. I was chased by a huge German Shepherd that damn near took off my hand. I didn't have much of an after-burner being that I had already run 2.5 miles. I made it to the nearest tree and got to climbing. Yes, I caught out, to the best of my ability, but the true catching out is what came in the days following. I NEVER ran or came close to THAT road again. Our hearts and souls should be protected in the same way. Things that are in no way any good for you, simply need your avoidance.
The scripture above deals with catching out in the arena of adultery. Some of us have been in similar circumstances, if not the same situation. Adultery runs rampant in today's society, influenced heavily by the glorification of it found in movies, t.v. shows, and books. It's just my opinion. Society makes it okay. We all know when a situation is headed in the wrong direction or has the potential to, right? Then, why not just catch out, at the first sign and save yourself all the drama and misery that would follow??
There have been times I've been called unreasonable or irrational in my "immediate shutdown" approach to ills of the past, attempting to resurface. I'm sorry, why not respect one's effort to prevent drama in his or her present and future life?? I think it is highly commendable when folks are honest enough with themselves not to allow a relapse or a fall back into a life, circumstance, or mindset that is no longer him or her. "Defense Mechanisms" is what you can call them, I guess. We all have 'em. Some need to be fine tuned, dusted off, or sprayed down with WD40 & rustoleum.
When it just don't seem right, safe, or beneficial to your heart, soul, and well-being, just CATCH OUT!!!
HAPPY SATURDAY AFTERNOON!!! THE LOVE IS STILL IN ME FOR ALL Y'ALL!!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams