Like a Scarecrow in a Melon Patch.

Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Jeremiah 10:5a (NIV)

Until I came across this verse in Jeremiah, I hadn’t realized I had a melon patch, particularly since growing things in a garden isn’t my first love.

But scarecrows? Got a lot of those.

They’re idols…anything or anyone apart from the One and only God Himself that/who receives my blind or excessive adoration or worship.

While you’ll never find anything the likes of a totem pole erected in my house, the melon patch that makes up my body, heart, mind, and soul might be home to any number of scarecrows.

Far unlike scarecrows on full display in a field, nailed to a post, arms outstretched on a cross beam, a body stuffed with hay and dressed in denim overalls and plaid shirt…the stitching of an upturned smile on their faces…I keep mine hidden. 

Rather than scaring away the crows of temptation, their mission is to fix my attention on the object of my lust. To drag my body in the wrong direction, a sure and certain 180 from righteousness.

Miles away from the Emerald City of peace and joy that comes with worshipping God and God alone.

For a time, these scarecrows meet a need. Until they don’t. Because they can’t.

They’re not God.

And as a fiercely jealous Lover, God envies intensely. (James 4:5b, NIV, The MSG)

Understandably so, He is grieved when I drift from Him back to senseless and foolish scarecrows.

As God intended, idols of any kind can’t offer lasting satisfaction found only in Him. …the Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King. Jeremiah 10:10a.

But the power of momentary pleasure has me thinking otherwise, so I find myself returning to these speechless and lame scarecrows time and time again.

Scarecrows might serve a farmer well in a melon patch, but they’re no match for my God Who isn’t overcome by inanimate objects or foolish attempts for power, status, fame or fortune.

How about you? What scarecrows have you erected in your melon patch? What can you do to take them down and allow God to meet that need?

Mary

✏️If you’d like to receive these story-style devos each week and my quarterly author newsletter, scroll down to the bottom of this post to subscribe by email. I’d love to have you join us!

5 Comments

  1. Emily Conrad says:

    I’m growing melons this year and could use a scarecrow–but it’d have to be one that persuaded my pit bull not to trample my watermelon vines 😉 In all seriousness, though, God’s working on me in this area too, to put nothing before Him.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Ha! That’s awesome! No doubt your scarecrows are legit since you are a real gardener, harvesting beautiful and edible things. As for the pit bull and any spiritual scarecrows taking God’s place in your life, I’d suggest a good bit of prayer in defense of them. Thanks for stopping by, Emily.

  2. Got me thinking about the scarecrows in my life Mary. Wonderful and encouraging post. Thanks for sharing!
    Good luck and God’s blessings
    PamT

  3. I have never noticed that verse before! What great imagery for an idol. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. It helps me look at my own idols as the ridiculous fakes they are. No one would confuse a scarecrow for a farmer (except hopefully the birds), and we shouldn’t confuse idols for the One True God. Love this! Put it in the devo book.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.