With all the talk about, and with some states legalizing weed, I thought you might appreciate this story. So I’m sitting in an airport waiting for my flight. A buddy called me and told me he had “scored” (drug talk) two air conditioning units for cheap! One was 4 tons and the other 5 tons at a fraction of their value! He needed one for his home and the other for his barn he runs his business out of. I said, “Wow man! How did you manage a deal like that?”
“Well”, he said, “it seems that some dude was renting three buildings from a woman and he was growing a huge crop of weed in those buildings.” Now for those of you who are uninitiated in the finer points of the agronomy of the “magical, mystical, plant”, it takes a lot of light to grow it indoors. Huge lights that pull a lot of power. The temperature also has to be kept in a reasonable range. So these guys have to set up huge lights indoors along with these big air-conditioner units. ( I refuse to divulge how I know this) The problem is that if the operation is big enough (and this one was) the amount of power required is more than the typical transformer can handle and the transformer will blow! So, “weed warriors” will usually set up their own generators to supply enough power so as not to overload the transformers. That can get them caught!
This guy had everything in place and his operation was going at full speed. Lights, air, generators, and the plants were thriving! Everything was great. He could already see the cash that was going to come from this operation.
But as Roseanne Rosannadanna said, “It’s always something.” Sure enough one of his generators went out and the added pull on the transformer caused it to blow. When the electric company came to check the transformer things went downhill fast for the “weed warrior”. Next thing he knew he was doing the perp walk with the DEA and the owner of the building was liquidating everything she could to re-coup her losses on the lease that he obviously was not going to be able to pay out. (Side Note: The DEA didn’t let her sell the weed)
So she put the air units on a public sales site and my friend makes out like a bandit!
Now there are many lessons that immediately came to mind. Here’s a few.
1 If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime. That one isn’t very original.
2 Your secrets will always find you out.
3 What you hide will eventually hurt.
David acknowledged the destruction of secrets when he recounted how he was dying from the inside out while keeping the secret of his sin.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of the summer.” Psalm 32:3-4
Imagine the daily anxiety the “weed warrior” must have been living in with his “secret!” Secrets create fear, anxiety, suspicion, always looking over your shoulder wondering when someone is going to discover your “secret.” Remember Christ follower, (this guy obviously wasn’t) the only way to live a life of “peace that passes all comprehension” (Philippians 4:7) is to live without secrets.
What are your secrets? What are you hiding and living in fear that someone is going to find out? It takes a lot of energy to keep secrets and one of these days that transformer is going to overload and blow! It’s much better to just keep a slate clean of secrets along the way so the overload never causes an explosion!
By the way, the last question I asked my friend was, “I hope you changed the filters on that unit before you installed it in your home.” He thought for a moment and said, “You know I don’t think I did! Maybe that’s why we’ve all been sitting on the sofa staring at the walls and have consumed 10 bags of potatoes chips in the last couple of days!”
Yep, that’s the munchies for sure. Change the filter.
Better than that folks. Learn the lesson of the “Weed Warrior.” Your secrets will get you in the end. Get rid of them.
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