I was blissfully unaware as I pulled the front door open to step into the evening air.
Moths, gnats and other flying insects were drawn to the light and as I waved them off, I glanced down to my right. That's when I saw some THING clinging to the door just inches from my hand.
It was the biggest, ugliest bug I have ever laid eyes on. I wasn't going to whip out a tape measure at that moment, but it had to be almost 3 inches long.
I had to close the door, but this freaky, creepy crawly creature was mere inches from the knob.
I tried to slip my hand through the crack on the hinged side to coax the door closed.
It didn't work.
I debated leaving the door open, but feared it would make its way up the stairwell and into my apartment.
I whined and whimpered and called on Jesus as I made the decision to hold my breath, reach for the knob, and pull the door shut.
I got into my car, skin crawling, and nervously looked around to see if it had followed me.
Paranoid? Hey, he could have flown...or crawled really fast...I didn't know if he had Super Bug powers!
My purpose in going out had been to pick up my son, and as we headed back home, I said "okay...now we're gonna pray that the HUGE, ugly beetle that was on the front door when I left, is gone."
As we approached the front step, my son told me to power up the flashlight app on my cell. "I want to see what I'm dealing with" he said.
I fumbled with my phone, glancing toward where I'd last seen it and breathed a sigh of relief.
"I think it's gone".
Then I shined the light on the door.
There it was...right in the door jam next to the knob.
I screamed again.
My son calmly used some papers in his hand to knock it to the ground and sweep it off the porch.
I knew that bug was still around, but now the way forward was clear and it was safe to move into the house.
I'm afraid all too often, I approach life's problems in much the same way as the encounter with that bug.
Although I've memorized "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6) the truth is, sometimes I don't go straight to prayer and I allow my fear to get a foothold.
Have you ever felt that way?
You're just cruising along one minute, and then panicked the next as you find yourself eyeball to eyeball with an unexpected circumstance?
Psalm 46: 1-3 promises "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging."
Just like that bug was still somewhere once my son knocked it off the porch, our problems won't necessarily go away. They may "roar and foam" or "quake", but handing over our fear allows God to step between us and our concerns and allows us to move forward in confidence, knowing He hems us in behind and before (Psalm 139:5).
So let's not allow problems, concerns, or fears hold us at bay. Let's give them to God who isn't freaked out by them.
Not even the great big ugly ones.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. I Peter 5:7
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