All puns aside, the event really happened in the Amazon back in 2010 and was captured on You Tube. An unidentified Brazilian fisherman documents the rare, extraordinary event. The electric eel can generate up to 600 volts of electricity. A hungry caiman with a fatal appetite found this out too late to let go and live. The best reports indicate that both creatures, intended predator and potential prey, lost their lives in the interaction (www.telegraph.co.uk).
While the fisherman had caught the eel and had gone to get a knife to cut the line, the caiman saw the eel thrashing and could not resist trying to make a meal of it. Animals are instinctive creatures and thus such intellectual and emotional responses as lust, malice and forethought, or hostility did not drive its decision to dine. Nevertheless, it was still a fatal food choice!
Think about the instances where we can get into even more serious, spiritual trouble than the aforementioned reptile.
- The allure for a married person to have an affair or an unmarried person to have an illicit sexual encounter or relationship.
- The decision to get drunk or high.
- Provoked by the words or actions of another, unloading on the provoker with sinful anger expressed by ungodly words and/or actions.
- Exacting revenge on someone, thinking it will be “sweet” and not “bitter.”
- Sending that angry email without deliberating, praying, or consulting a trusted friend first.
Really, any impulsive reactionary word or act can create ramifications we cannot predict or anticipate. So many, in a momentary heat of passion, have created longterm headaches and heartaches. Before we give in to temptation, we need to give due thought to the consequences all the while appreciating that we cannot foresee them all or the extent of them. Eve was the first to fail to do this (Gen. 3:6), but she was far from the last. May we pray for and pursue the wisdom to mull before we munch!