Warning labels are serious business.
“Keep out of reach of children and teenagers.” — On a can of air freshener.
“Do not use as ear plugs.” — On a package of silly putty. (If only my children could read.)
“Caution: Remove infant before folding for storage.” — On a portable stroller.
“Do not trim false lashes while they are adhered to your real lashes.” — On a package of fake eyelashes.
“May be harmful if swallowed.” — On a shipment of hammers.
“Do not attempt to stop the blade with your hand.” — In the manual for a Swedish chainsaw.
Or, as my friend Sarah and I used to make fun of:
“Warning: This product can burn eyes.” — On a curling iron.
“Do not use in shower.” — On a hair dryer.
“Do not use while sleeping.” — On a hair dryer.
A lot of warning labels are common-sense and make us feel dumber for reading them. Shouldn’t everyone know not to use a hair dryer while sleeping? When is the last time you tried to swallow a hammer? And seriously, who would trim fake eyelashes when they were already glued to their real ones?
Yup. I wasn’t even thinking that I would be cutting my own real lashes at the same time.
Eyelashes take the longest of any hair on your body to grow back and I had a blunt chunk of my left lashes gone with one quick, swift chop of the nail scissors.
God provides us with warnings in the Bible and a lot of times, I treat those warnings like I did the fake lashes. I thought I knew what I was doing and I didn’t read the packaging. Similarly, when I think I’ve got life figured out, I tend to not read the Bible.
And life sometimes turns out rotten for a while. But just like my lashes eventually grew long again, your heart can heal from bad decisions . . . but unfortunately, consequences remain.
The left side of my lashes have lost the natural tapering and instead are blunt-ended. Nobody notices, but I can tell sometimes when I’m applying mascara and the results aren’t exactly what I expected.
If I had taken the time to read the warning label, I wouldn’t have ruined the tips of my lashes and I know that if I had paid more attention to God’s warnings, I could have saved myself some heartache.
Thankfully, God’s grace is enough and I’m thankful for His mercies, which renew every morning (Lamentations 3:23).
Let’s use the Bible as a guide for our decisions. The more we understand the warnings, the better decisions we can make!