I was out watering my flower garden the other day and was quite enjoying myself. Taking in the sounds of the day, the smells and the beauty when wham! Out of nowhere, for no reason I got stung by a wasp! ‘Ow’ is an understatement here. Before I knew what happened I felt the burning that comes and dropped my watering can and ran into the house. I quickly mixed together baking soda and water into a paste and applied it to my stinging foot. I was told of this remedy but had never used it so I was hoping it be true. Thankfully the pain began to dull to bearable and then it subsided almost altogether. Though it never went completely away and felt the sensation throughout the night and next day I would say that the baking soda remedy is tried and true and would highly recommend it.
As I sat on my porch contemplating the gull of the wasp doing such a thing, nursing my throbbing foot – I was thinking, I was doing nothing wrong to deserve his vicious attack, just minding my own business! I invited the Lord in my rant and no sooner He was showing me how we as God’s own, who are going about their day in doing His business we will come across wasps (people) who will for reasons of their own will not like our presence and feel threatened enough to sting us. We in our minds have done them no harm, and in fact are looking out for their own good – and wham, we get stung. Usually by words they say, and sometimes by their actions. I felt the Lord was giving me a lesson on how we too must quickly run to the Remedy – and NOT to the source of the pain. Often we do, we try to reason with them, or seek justification or defense and this is not what He desires.
Our Daily Walk with Jesus
Understand that though we walk in the light and seek to serve the Lord, in doing this we WILL get stung by those who will feel threatened by us. When we run to the Lord and seek His anecdote to the pain that it causes, we can avoid great turmoil and allow His will to overrule what has taken place. We will not let the ‘wasp’ or the sting be our focus, but our Lord who redeems all things, even stings. The sting will not necessarily be taken completely away, and we will bear its presence, but it will not be allowed to take over to rule us and will serve to remind us of God’s incredible grace He grants to all of us who are willing to come to Him to obtain it. Remarkably, the sting will be the reason for much joy – as we give it to God.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor12:9