We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

A Remedy for Poison

Many of us have suffered the effects of poison ivy at some point in our lives. But did you ever know that a remedy was just around the corner? Near almost every poison ivy plant grows the remedy.

So here’s the remedy for a bad case of poison ivy. First, wash off the oils with soap. Then, start searching in a twenty-yard radius to find a long thin leafy, whiskery plant called plantain. You can identify plantain by the tiny cones that grow on a slender but firm stem from the center of the plant. The leaves are three to five inches long and thin and come to a point.

Once you find the plantain, crush some of its leaves between your fingers and apply the pulp to the affected area. Over the years I have had my bouts with that nasty poison, but with the knowledge of the plantain plant, my itching is gone within a day or two at the most!

As I pondered the poison and the plantain, I realized a parallel to our Christian lives. You see, sin is like poison ivy–devastating in its effects and pervading in its consequences. But in I John chapter 1, God provides an antidote for the poison of sin–and it is not difficult to find. In fact, it’s as easy as confessing your sin to God, who in turn will forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

Published in: on February 3, 2011 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment