DENIAL AND BLAME
I did a double take as I walked through the house on a peaceful Saturday morning. My double French doors were buzzing and crawling. Conveniently, my husband was in the shower and did not respond to my clamoring. My neighbor is a bee keeper, so naturally I figured he knew what to do. After scrambling to locate his phone number, I called him and breathlessly explained the situation, to which he replied, “They probably aren’t bees; they’re probably wasps.”
I may look like a city girl, but, I know nature and I am quite certain I know the difference between a bee and a wasp.Thanks to my dad I even know the difference between a white oak, black oak and pin oak tree. Nevertheless, the beekeeper agreed to help. Covered in protective gear, he entered my house to to assess the situation. Sure enough they were bees, not that I would have preferred wasps in my house. Did I mention they were inside my house?
He determined the 200 or so workers were swarming outside and entering through the chimney flue. We immediately closed it and opened the doors so the bees could go outside where they belonged. Guess what he told me next? “Well they are bees, but…
THEY AREN’T MY BEES
Okay. I guess it was just a little coincidence that they followed him home. Isn’t that the way we are though?
It’s not my fault…
It’s not my responsibility…
I can’t help it…
It’s not sin, and if it is sin, it’s not MY sin
Jeremiah 6:14, “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.” NIV
I am experiencing a season in my life for introspection. Self examination is not always pleasant, but is necessary in order to take responsibility for my own actions. It’s easy to assign blame or ownership to someone else: our parents, our background, our spouse or simply our circumstances. Feelings are no excuse for behavior.Our circumstances do not determine who we are, our circumstances reveal who we are Click To Tweet
Psalm 26:2, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.” NKJV
I DON’T WANT ANYTHING THAT STINGS INSIDE MY HOUSE
If you are feeling separated from God, take an honest look at your life. God wants a personal relationship with His people but sin separates us from a holy God. Examining my own life I see many failures, but if I stay there, feeling like a failure, I will eventually act like a failure. God is eager to restore and He knows our failures and yet He offers grace. He wants us to admit our sin and receive the grace He offers. He forgives, completely and it is enough.
Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” KJV
Time to do a little house cleaning…