A few minutes ago I was coming out of the upstairs bathroom when I looked down and saw a spider. My bulb had blown in the bathroom so it was kind of dark but I kept my eyes on the spider to make sure it wouldn’t get away. I was NOT happy! Lord knows how I feel about bugs. I know everything was created for a purpose but . . . anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah, I was NOT happy. It was probably one of those spiders that bite. I grabbed my shoe and I hit it hard with all my strength. I closed my eyes as I hit it because I didn’t want to see it splatter everywhere. It was THAT big. I hit that thing so hard (at least 10 times with full strength) that just in case there was another spider watching, he would run screaming for his life and get out of my house! The spider had just been executed. Whew! I finally forced myself to open my eyes and to my surprise there was no splatter for me to clean up. To be honest, it wasn’t even a spider or even a bug. It was a small dark piece of crumbly paper or something. You’ve got to be kidding me!
God begin to minister to me and bring some things back to my remembrance at that moment. When you look at things without the presence of light or in other words, when you’re looking at things while standing in the dark, you can’t see or judge clearly. You become afraid and you end up using all your strength and energy fighting battles that are not yours to fight. You go around swinging and ranting and raving over stuff that in honesty doesn’t exist. Turn the light on.
We must illuminate ourselves and our surroundings with as much light as possible. Psalm 119:130 says,” The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” What are you struggling with? What are you fighting up against? What are you using all of your energy ranting, raving and screaming over? Turn the light on. Get out of the dark!
I want to challenge you to get into the word of God and allow Him to shed His light and understanding on your situation. I guarantee you that you’ll see things differently. You will begin to see things as they really are-that is if you will allow yourself to be honest with yourself. You won’t have to use up all your energies fighting worthless battles. You can spend your time and energy on other productive things.
After I discovered that my big ferocious spider was not as ferocious as I first thought and was actually not even a spider at all- when it dawned on me how silly I must have looked and how tired I made myself after swinging & pounding upon something that could not harm me– how I had my eyes closed because I was afraid and I didn’t want to see things go splatter- I had to laugh at my own self and thank God there were no witnesses.
Wendy M. Reynolds