At this writing, my back is still sore from hauling dirt to the garden and turning the two big compost bins with my American Gothic-esque pitchfork a couple days ago. Sad commentary on my current level of fitness. I’ve also been neglecting the compost for most of the winter, unfortunately. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to warmer temps coming back more consistently to my part of the planet, and I want to take advantage of them.
Another thing that also returns with the rising thermometer are the arachnoids…
Spiders—blahhhhh!! ARUGH! That is, until the time I noticed a huge web strung across my compose bin, and I realized that we could have a seriously symbiotic relationship happening here. I put in the compost which draws nasty flies, and the big fuzzy Shelob catches and eats them.
Suddenly, I had a new appreciation for my erstwhile neighbor.
Which, naturally (in my brain at least) extends to how I may initially “see” lots of other things as well…
“So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!”
That whole “human point of view” thing tends to leave out (at best) or misconstrue (at worst) the beauty and utility of others God allows into my life. Maybe even the guy in the next pew on Sunday.
In other words, personal preference, while not an intrinsically a bad thing, can never be allowed to become a blockade to God’s work, or even an idol competing with God’s work in my life. (YIKES!) It might a spider of His very choosing setting up a web of protection around me…just a thought.
On the cautious side, the concept of God’s inclusivity doesn’t mean I blindly accept everything that comes down the cultural pipe either. This is where God’s Holy Spirit wisdom comes into play, but it’s His wisdom, not merely my clouded imitation of it.
So, this season, I’ll think twice before using my can of Raid.
2 Cor. 5:16 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.