What would you do if the bushes started shaking? If you’re anything like me, you fall into the category of “Curiosity killed the cat” and don’t forget that “satisfaction brought it back.” With a garbage bag in each hand, slippers and pj pants, I watched the bushes shake and move. I felt that if I stayed there long enough I would see something remarkable. Well, I did.
I quickly realized that it wasn’t a cat, wasn’t a snake, wasn’t a dog. The longer I stood there, the more the bush moved until under the front edge came a little black face quickly followed by a round little body streaked with white. Can you guess my first reaction? I started to back off very slowly. This little creature has my heartiest respect.
No, I didn’t get skunked. I went back into the house and waited a few moments and went back outside. The skunk hadn’t gone very far, but I kept my distance by going around a building instead of between to get to the dumpster. The little critter wandered around the back of the house, turned a corner and ambled into the night.
So, what do you recommend for skunks? I’d say that we should stay as far away from them as possible. The effects of close contact are hard to get rid of. If we give such a healthy respect to a little creature that leaves a lasting impression, why do we not run as quickly from the things that leave an eternal impact? We should run as fast as we can away from all things that leave a “spiritual stink”: pornography, immorality, crudeness, anger, etc. Just because much of the world stinks with these things does not mean we should join the stench. Let us create a haven of purity and those seeking for a breath of fresh air will be drawn to the sweetness of the truth.
For those who have been caught in the stench of sin, like skunk-stink, there is work to do to be clean again. The Savior’s promise is we can be clean from all the impurities we come in contact with, if we follow His directions and strive ever afterward to stay in the bounds He has set and run from the danger of crossing the Lord’s bounds.
“Oh, Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? Wilt thou deliver me from the hands of mine enemies? Wilt thou make me shake at the appearance of sin?” (2 Nephi 4:31)