Stirring Up A Hornet's Nest A few years ago, a good friend of mine invested a lot of time and energy to create a beautiful backyard, complete with a manicured lawn, flowers and a barbecue pit. Over the years, she had gathered a charming eclectic collection of outdoor furniture which he artfully arranged underneath majestic mature trees. As a finishing touch she built a sturdy privacy fence with the help of very good friends. The enticing sweet sound of birds chirping outside her bedroom window woke her every morning and every morning over breakfast table, she would longingly gaze out the patio window at the beauty of her little oasis. Longingly, you ask? Yes, longingly. You see, she had some unwelcome guests move in to her backyard, making their home under the eaves troughs over her patio door. In order for her to enter the backyard from her back door, she had to pass by that hornet's nest. As the nest grew, she spent less and less time in her backyard. She made many attempts to deal with the hornet's nest on her own; pesticide sprays from the local home centre, folk remedies her friends suggested and even prayer. One evening, in desperation, she risked life and limb, using a broom handle in an attempt to knock down the nest. But the hornet's reign remained and my friend lived in exile from her kingdom. After a few weeks, her once immaculate lawn began to look rough around the edges. In order for her to cut her lawn she pushed her lawnmower around the block and down the back alley to sneak past the ever watchful hornets. The night before garbage day, she would wait until dark when the hornets would be asleep and then she would sprint across her lawn with her garbage to put it in the bins in the back alley. She abandoned the hope of entertaining invited guests in her backyard. The buzz of the hornets became as annoying as her alarm clock. One of her dear and trusted friends heard of her plight and offered to take care of those hornets once and for all. He was knowledgeable in pest control and had successfully dealt with many hornet's nest in the past. Although she was afraid of stirring up the hornet's nest, she chose to push past her fear and trust her friend. With grim satisfaction, she watched from the safety of her kitchen as the hornets were vanquished and their nest was carried away for safe disposal. My friend chose very wisely. She could have remained in her fear, intimidated by the hornets. She could have continued to modify her lifestyle, becoming more and more a prisoner in her own home as a hornet nest grew in size and took more territory. She could have abandoned her backyard completely and began anew by working on her front yard. Instead, she admitted that she was powerless over those hornets and surrendered control to someone who she knew was an expert and someone she knew who had her best interests at heart. Is there a situation in your life that has spun out of control? Do you feel bullied by the enemy? Have you rearranged your life so you do not have to directly confront the problem? Have you come to the place where you realize that ignoring the problem won't solve it? Perhaps it's time that you take that problem to the greatest expert of all. I'm sure that he has wonderful advice and a simple solution, if you have ears to listen. Until Next Week © 2012 Katherine Walden If you value the ministry of I lift My Eyes Ministries and would like to partner with me, please visit http://psalm121.ca/donate.html for more information Looking for the archives of these devotionals? 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Blaise Pascal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaise_Pascal Biography ------------- February 8, 2012 When Abraham sat at his tent door, according to his custom, waiting to entertain strangers, he espied an old man, stooping and leaning on his staff, weary with age and travail, coming towards him, who was a hundred years of age; he received him kindly, washed his feet, provided supper, caused him to sit down; but observing that the old man ate and prayed not, nor begged a blessing on his meat, he asked him why he did not worship the God of heaven. The old man told him that he worshipped the fire only, and acknowledged no other God. At which answer Abraham grew so zealously angry, that he threw the old man out of his tent, and exposed him to all the evils of the night and an unguarded condition. When the old man has gone, God called to Abraham, and asked him where the stranger was. He replied, "I thrust him away, because he did not worship thee." God answered him, "I have suffered him these hundred years, though he dishonoured me; and wouldst thou not endure him one night?" Jeremy Taylor http://elvis.rowan.edu/~kilroy/JEK/08/13.html Biography ------------- February 9, 2012 The church that ceases to be evangelistic will soon cease to be evangelical. Oswald J. Smith http://www.thepeopleschurch.ca/hs-oswald.asp Biography ------------- February 10, 2012 Prayer is a force as real as terrestrial gravity. As a physician, I have seen men lifted out of sickness by the power of prayer. It is the only power in the world that overcomes the laws of nature. Alexis Carrel ------------- February 11, 2012 Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy. Tim Hansel ------------- February 12, 2012 It is a great deal easier to do that which God has given us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it. 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