Lake Stupid

Sometime ago I was listening to the radio and was blind sided with something that made an indelible impression upon my mind. With soft music in the background, the narrator began telling a love story. It seems that two Indian tribes in the Pacific

North West were traditional enemies. On one occasion, however, their camps happened to be on opposite sides of a great lake. One evening a maiden went down to bathe. When she began to sing, the conditions were such that her voice carried across the lake and was heard by a young brave on the other side. He was enamored by the beauty of her song and sang a response. This began an evening ritual that lasted for many days. Finally, however, the love of the young brave for the maiden was so great that he leaped into the water and began to swim.

The lake, however, was too vast and the young lover drowned before reaching the other side. The narrator then explained that the lake had been named in honor of that man.

The music stopped, and after an appropriate pause, the narrator explained that it was called “Lake Stupid”.

It was, of course, only a joke. Yet the lesson of the story still lingers in my mind. Based on the information given, the lake was well named. First, the young man knew almost nothing about the maiden for whom he died. He had no idea how she looked or how she behaved. He had no way of evaluating her character, or integrity. He knew nothing of her family or faith. Yet, in spite of all these questions he still made his fatal leap into the water. With a little planning he could have hiked around the lake, or built a canoe. There was no logical reason for him to die. The lake was well named. How aptly this story correlates with men we read about in the Bible.

  • Adam was not deceived (1 Tim. 2:14). There was no logical reason for him to eat the forbidden fruit. He was already in the image of God so was there any need for him to eat the fruit to become like God?
  • The women of Moab set a trap for the sons of Israel and 24,000 were seduced and died (Nu. 25:1 - 9).
  • Sisera was afraid of a man named Barak, but he was not afraid of a woman named Jael (Judges 4:17 - 21). It was not too smart of him to trust her. As you know, she killed him by driving a tent peg through his head.
  • Samson had been lied to and deceived 3 times by Delilah. There was no logical reason for him to believe her the 4th time, but he did.
  • Solomon described a man seduced by smooth talking woman as a simple person who lacked judgement (Prov. 7:7).
  • In a candid moment, one modern man confessed that he had enough blood to run both his brain and his body, but not at the same time. But the lesson of Lake Stupid is not limited to the fascination that men have with women. It applies to many other situations as well.
  • Achan stole garments he could not wear and gold and silver he could not spend.
  • Isaiah laughed at the foolishness of pagans who would cut down a tree and use part of it to bake their bread and the rest to fashion a god they would worship (Is. 44:14 - 18). He correctly concluded that the idolaters did not know or understand anything.
  • The fool has said in his heart there is no God (Ps. 14:1). The fool finds pleasure in evil conduct (Prov. 10:23). The fool is hotheaded and reckless (Prov. 14:16).
  • The one who trusts in himself is also a fool (Prov. 28:26).

  • All of these Scriptures warn us to look to God for wisdom before leaping to out death. Please prayerfully consider this wonderful promise in the Bible:

    “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

    Whatever you do, don’t die in Lake Stupid!

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