TOO LATE! – face the consequences


Too Late

An eagle was perched on a massive block of ice, in the waters heading towards Niagara Falls. The swift current carried the ice and its majestic passenger closer to the edge of the great precipice and the eagle continued feeding on the carcass.

The cries of other birds warned the eagle of the danger which lay ahead but to no avail.  After all, the eagle had great and powerful wings and was perfectly capable of flying from the block of ice at any time he chose. He could stay until the last moment. He was strong!


Suddenly the edge of the great falls was only a few feet away, so the eagle spread its enormous wings to mount up over the impending doom . . . . . only to realise that his claws had become frozen to the cake of ice.  He flapped his wings, but his claws were firmly encased in the ice. He was trapped and the torrent of water rushed the block of ice – and the eagle – over the great falls.

None of us is immune to the consequences of our actions.

The eagle was so engrossed in feeding from the carcass that it didn’t realise its claws were being enclosed in the ice.

Alcoholics, drug addicts, pornography addicts, gamblers and many others tell us they never set out to become what they became.  They THOUGHT they could stop when they wanted to, but became trapped in their habit, just as the eagle became trapped in the ice.  The school bully, uncorrected in his behaviour, is likely to become a wife-beater, a child abuser, a thug and maybe even a murderer.  The child shop-lifter, uncorrected, is likely to become a petty thief and “advance” to be a hardened criminal.

The time to stop these bad and destructive behaviours is before they get a hold (better still before they start).  The response of “Boys will be boys” or “He’s going through a phase. It will pass” is NOT good enough. The EAGLE could easily have removed itself from danger at an earlier stage but was too engrossed in feeding.

Christians . . .

None of us is immune to the consequences of sin.

The time to stop a bad habit is before it gets a hold. Each participation will make the next one easier – and each participation will also make it harder to stop.  Our response to sin must be decisive and immediate.  Unlike the eagle, we have NO POWER of our own to resist, but we DO HAVE the omnipotent power of God and when we call on Him, we are victorious.

What would you think of a doctor who, on discovering a malignant tumour in your body told you to take two aspirins and you’d be fine?

His response would not be appropriate nor would it be acceptable.  You would want that tumour removed and likely the first question you would ask after surgery is “Did you get it all?  Is it completely gone?”

Thankfully, when our response to sin is correct and we confess and repent, we can KNOW it is COMPLETELY GONE – “as far as the east is from the west”

BUT is our response to sin sometimes as inappropriate as the doctor’s?


About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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6 Responses to TOO LATE! – face the consequences

  1. pbus1 says:

    I certainly want my response to temptation and sin to be immediate, as well as appropriate! The excuse, “It just happened”, is far from the truth! Jesus will keep us, if we desire to be kept. It is when we are drawn away of our own lusts and enticed, which bringeth forth sin, and we know what sin does when it is finished with us! Not good! Thank you for sharing this post! God bless!


    • Thanks for sharing Paulette. I always appreciate your input.

      Sometimes I think we are masters at making excuses, but really there IS no excuse! We have been given EVERYTHING necessary to live a victorious life and yet sometimes we ignore the right response and settle for the inferior and fleeting – and its consequences. But how truly wonderful that our gracious Lord is always ready with His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness and we know again the pleasure of His fellowship and enablement!

      Hallelujah! What a wonderful Saviour!



  2. Rob Barkman says:


    It is so true that, for the Christian, the Great Physician has done away with the eternal results to his/her sins. Christ took the eternal punishment for our sins upon Himself so that we would not have to face those consequences.

    But, sorry to say, although we are saved, we still face the earthly results of our sin.

    For example, a bank robber may come to the Lord and receive forgiveness but he still must go to prison as a result of his sin. A man who has abused drugs may receive forgiveness but still must live with the continuing physical affects of the drugs.

    Even as Christians, our sin has a cost. Our Lord knows the harmful aspects of sin, that is one reason (among many) why he so loving teaches us to live holy lives of service to Him. It sure makes life much more enjoyable and profitable for each one of us!

    May the Lord continue to bless you.



  3. snowgood says:

    We are indeed on similar lines!
    Where did you glean this story?
    As you probably know I am avid bird watcher, we saw a good number today as we walked around our town.
    A lumbering Grey Heron, a vast Buzzard, chattering Sparrows, shy Chaffinches, heard a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a nasal Greenfinch and saw a few others too.
    Every now and then nature’s finest do make mistakes, we had a Sparrowhawk die on our patio after hitting the kitchen window.


    • >> Where did you glean this story? <<
      I produced the weekly Church bulletin for 16 years. It had two ministry pages and this was one of the illustrations I used. I don't recall where I found it but I used numerous "Bible illustration" books for inspiration. This was long before Google!

      Kookaburras sit on my clothes hoist outside my bedroom window and greet most mornings with a good hearty laugh. Rosellas and other parrots are noisy but beautiful. Hubby doesn't approve of the way they drop twigs and blossoms all over the lawn when the massive gum tree and the bottle brushes are in bloom. We have a wetlands just down the road and birdwatchers are active there.

      My brother lived at Warsash (Hants). He had about seven acres, sloping down to the river and I loved watching the squirrels and the myriads of birds in his garden when we visited.


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