A Wasp Gives a Powerful Reminder
It's amazing how God can use events we encounter in our everyday life to remind us of things. During May of 2018 I went to get some things out of a shed on our church property. When I entered the shed, my arm began hurting. I looked at my arm and noticed a big bump rising. I looked around and noticed a small wasp nest with one wasp on it and another flying around it. I had gotten stung! I got out of there and determined later in the week I would kill those two wasps and get the nest down.
I got busy and completely forgot about killing the wasps and removing the nest. Weeks later I had another occasion to go out to the shed. I thought to myself, "surely those wasps are gone and the nest will be inactive." When I opened the shed door, much to my dismay the nest had gotten huge with losts of wasps. I immediately went and purchased some wasp spray and killed the wasps I could see. Then I went inside the shed and saw that the nest was even bigger than I thought! Now I was inside the shed with more wasps. Fortunately, I was able to get the nest sprayed without being stung, and I removed the nest. I also noticed other nests in the shed and was able to spray them as well.
As I thought about all this, it reminded me of a powerful truth: problems which are ignored usually just get bigger. They typically don't go away on their own. Oftentimes when we deal with difficulties in relationships with other people, rather than talk with people and deal with issues, we would rather just avoid those people and leave issues alone. Many churches are very unhealthy because people avoid having conversations which may be challenging. Matthew 5:23-24 says, "...if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift." God blesses those who obey Him! You may be carrying a heavy load because you have an issue with another brother or sister in Christ. In obedience to Christ and His Word, go and talk with that person. Be willing to own your part of the issue, and ask for forgiveness. As with the wasp nest, the longer you wait, the more potential there is for damage. The sooner you act, the sooner God's power of reconciliation can begin and the healthier God's church will be.