Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bee Stung

They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down.” –Psalm 118:12

I heard once about a dog who got stung by a bee and went into anaphylactic shock, just like a human with a severe allergy. I got worried that Lexi could be allergic to bee stings. Then one day she stuck her nose into a flight of bees swarming around a scrap of food. She batted at the bees but couldn’t drive them off. She got stung right under the eye. It puffed up a little, but she didn’t seem bothered. And the swelling went down after a few hours. Whew. The psalmist describes his enemies “swarming around [him] like bees.” I myself am pestered by few enemies but multiple anxieties, like whether or not Lexi is allergic to bees, what I would do if she got stung, what I would say to my kids if she died. My anxieties—about Lexi and everything else—hum around me. Lexi tried batting the bees away, but they continued hovering around her head. I can’t bat my anxieties away, either. The psalmist had faith in the Lord, and his enemies were “consumed as quickly as burning thorns.” We can only annihilate what troubles us when we trust in God. Our anxieties don’t have to sting us.

Dear God, When my anxieties hum around me like bees, help me annihilate them by trusting you. Amen

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