Get OFF the Roof!

coastal shingle cottage with widow's walk, white picket fence

“In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.  One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”  Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.  2 Samuel 11: 1-4

We love beach week.  Fifteen of us all enjoying an entire week of family time!  We do it every year, and every year we cannot wait to have time together.  Is it kind of pricey to do?  Yes!  Is it worth the money just to get the family time?  You betcha!

One of our favorite houses we have stayed in has a widow’s walk. A place where you can see 360 degrees of gorgeous ocean and marsh views. 

Widow’s walks were thought to have been constructed to allow the wives of mariners to watch for their spouses to return from sea.  However, according to some historians, the widow’s walk was used as a platform to allow residents to pour sand down their chimney in the event of a chimney fire, not for viewing returning relatives.  If this is true, I would imagine many homes were saved because someone went up on the roof willingly to put out the fire.

In 2 Samuel 11, we read the story of David and Bathsheba.  A story that most of us know well.  It tells of the king of Israel who followed his own heart and lingered too long on the roof.  Rather than putting out a fire by walking away, he stoked one on the roof that day.  Unfortunately for David, he did not do what a man after God’s own heart should have done.  He stayed on the roof when he should have gotten off of it. 

We have the same tendency as David did.  We can allow our desires to take us where we should never go.  We too can be swayed to do wrong when doing right is only a 180-degree turn.  Let’s ask God what we need to change in our lives, so we are willing to follow God’s heart rather than serve our desires. Let’s get off the roof when staying, opens the way for us to wander unintentionally into sin.  

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. 1 Peter 5:8-9

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