A Frog in the Road

by Joanna Pierce on November 06, 2019

The day was drawing to a close. The dishes from the evening meal were washed and put away. The last beams of sunlight were dancing across the horizon and attempting to ripple far across the lake. The air was heavy with moisture, but the temperature was surprisingly cool.

It was in this evening twilight, my mom and I decided to take a brief walk along the roads nearby the marina. Strolling along, in our light chatter, we paused briefly as we approached an intersection. Deeming the road traffic-free, we progressed forward.

In was in that instance, the slightest movement in the road caught my eye. Glancing downward, I saw a tiny frog, well on his merry way, hopping right down the middle of the road. Concerned for its safety, I gently tried to coax the little creature toward the side of the path. But, regardless of my attempts, the frog disregarded my efforts and kept hopping forward, completely uncomprehending the dangerous road he traveled.

I was indignant with this frog who kept ignoring my attempt to help him hop on a safe path. This tiny creature, without a large-scale view of his surroundings, felt he knew better than me and needed no help or instruction. He would do as he wished. Inching out further, and further into a very busy road seemed fine in his mind’s eye, but it was surely going to lead him to destruction—and quickly.

It was seconds later I heard the grumbling of a large truck over the gravel road. Without hesitation, I somewhat forcefully scooted the creature off the street and into the grass. My mom and I stepped out of harm’s way ourselves and watched the heavy vehicle fly by. Returning my attention to the frog, I saw how he had righted himself back onto his stomach, and hopped off (this time away from the road) with what appeared to be an air of insolence (who can really tell with a frog?).

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression (Psalms 19:11–13, KJV).

The human race acts much like the frog in this narrative. Our Father in Heaven, sees everything that we do. He has instructed, reminded, and warned us to traverse a straight and narrow pathway. Many times, we aren’t aware we’re headed toward destruction; however, God coaches us off the dangerous path. He tells us to take a different route, but we ignore Him—no matter how many roadblocks He puts in our path. We continue to do what we’ve been told isn’t good.

When we follow the wrong path, and God has to stop us, we’ve sinned and need to repent. But, when we take up the attitude (like this frog), and continue forward when God has already told us to stop, we sin presumptuously. This is what is known as a deliberate and willful sin.

As the Psalmist writes, He asks God to keep him not only from walking down the wrong pathway, but continuously going even after God has told Him to stop. We must pray diligently that our willful disobedience to God’s Word—which we all will struggle with because we’re human—does not control us. We need to stay close to God to hear His voice when He warns us of pending danger. But, even more so, we need to have a spirit that will listen and obey that voice.

God is coming back for His church one day, and He’s looking for a bride without spot or blemish. If we’ve been squashed in the middle of the road because we didn’t listen to God (much like the frog I saved), we’ll have more than a spot on our garment—we’ll be the spot in the middle of the road. Lord, help change us, save us, and don’t let us be a frog in the middle of the road.