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We were in Spain a few weeks ago and we went to a water park to keep the kids happy. Now I don’t mind swimming, but I don’t do heights – really. Anyway, Dom my youngest decides that he and I are going to go down some of the water shoots - there was one called the black hole, and actually it was pretty tame. Another one was kind of a bit of oversized drainpipe that just dropped about 4000ft – at least that is what it seemed to me; it was just horrible.


There were not many people in the queue which should have alerted me. All the way walking up the steps to the slide I could have turned round; there really weren’t that many people who were attempting it. I could have gone back, but no for some mad reason I kept going forward until I was sitting at the top of this drainpipe clinging on to the sides realising there was now only one way this would end. I declared my praise for the Lord at the top of my voice as I descended at a rapid rate of knots.


What has this to do with avoiding temptation? Temptation is like a huge water slide – you can turn round right up to the moment before you seek to satisfy your lusts, at which point it is too late and you need to deal with the consequences. David could have seen Bathsheba taking a bath, and turned away – but he chose to go down the slide.