My breath caught as I glanced out the window to spot a mouse on the driveway a few days ago. My brain received the impression transmitted to it by my eyes and concluded, "It's a mouse!" Then the head talk: "No, it can't be. Check it again. Oh, it's a cone."
Some things are obvious; no room for argument. The first dandelion is what it is. Others could stand some prayerful consideration. Especially in the area of relationships what we think we know may or may not be true. If Lucifer has retained any significant strength, it is in deception. Jesus declared, "He is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44 NIV)
If it were possible to untangle the web of a broken relationship back to its source how often would we discover some subtle suggestion he's made to one person against another? An outright lie or a half-truth, either has the potential to create suspicion that one has been wronged. From his innuendos in Eden to the present day, Satan has introduced thoughts to divide and destroy. The most crucial are those directed against man's relationship with God. Anything he can inject to dispel our trust and awareness of God's love delights the enemy. We can safely assume that a thought leading in that direction originated with him.
A huge hunk of life's difficulties might be avoided if we applied the precept we've know since childhood, "In everything do to others what you would have them do to you." (Matthew 7:12 NIV) Every one of us would prefer that others take a second look before assuming that some accusation is true. If that spruce cone had a mind, even it might wish to be recognized for what it is rather than being mistaken for a rodent.