Careful what catches your eye. Not everything that glitters is gold

Up and down. Rain and sunshine. It’s an ever-changing world, yet very much the same.

Today, as they say up North, though not nearly as often as us, “It’s wicked hot outside.” By this afternoon, the rains will probably douse us and the steam will be rising.

Years ago, I was fussing about being stuck in my house because of the heat and then because of the rain.

That’s a problem for me. Stuck inside the house is my “antsy” place. I am an outside girl, but what’s a girl to do when it’s over-the-top uncomfortable.

Needless to say, cabin fever was setting in when Coop said, “You want to walk?” We really are trying to get our 10,000 steps in so it was an invitation with a purpose. Question being was I willing to brave the sultry steam of an evening outing?

Of course my answer was a quick, “Let me get my shoes and douse myself in skeeter spray. About that skeeter spray, I don’t know why I even make the effort. The mist attracts them to me for some reason like flies to honey. I always return home an advertisement for Benadryl spray.

Well, enough of that side bar. Follow me on my walk. It lasted only about two holes on the golf course and then oppressive heat began to suck the breath out of me, but what did my wandering eyes spy?

I rushed headlong to the edge of the woods where a little golf ball was calling my name. As I picked up the ball, deep in the woods, a light filtered through the trees beaming its rays on another ball. It was a beautiful, yellow-green sparkling ball. My collection was missing this particular beauty.

As the light bounced off the ball, I could almost hear a voice singing, “Come hither. Come hither.” You see, there was thick snaky grass between me and the ball.

I almost went in, but another voice seemed to say “watch out something in there goes slither.” So, I asked Coop if he thought it was safe. Being my hero, he decided to get the ball for me. Y’all, once in hand, it was an old ugly ball. Not worth the danger.

That’ll preach. Kids are off to school or colleges. For many there are a lot of things shining brightly calling their names. Some good and some that just shine and beckon into a scary place where the luster quickly fades.

For the rest of us, the been-there, done-that crowd, we can still get caught up in the glitter of life. Let’s heed what the scriptures say, “for the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding … For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” Proverbs 2: 6, 10-11. Watch out for those “come hithers,” y’all!

There is nothing new under the sun. Guard your heart, wear your sunscreen and put on your floaties.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.