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Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
When I work in my yard, ants inevitably sting me. No matter how hard I try to avoid the little pests, they seem to know when I'm near the flowerbeds. Despite long sleeves, gloves, high socks, and other forms of protection, they manage to work their way toward my sensitive skin, and I find multiple stings in what I thought were protected areas.
Local gardeners believe in the juice or gel from the aloe plant as a balm to ease the pain until the bites heal. The medicinal properties of the aloe have been known since biblical times. Native to Africa, it is a semitropical succulent plant, grown as a houseplant in the northern hemisphere. In addition to ant bites, it is often used for burns, cuts, and rashes.
My life in general is much like my experience with the ants. If there is trouble anywhere, it always knows where I am and how to find my unprotected areas. No matter how hard I try to avoid irritating experiences, they find a way to sting me.
The grace of God in our lives can serve like the juice from the aloe plant to soothe our irritations and bring healing to our wounds. When we allow God's love to flow into our hearts and lives with its healing balm, regardless of life's sting, it helps us to deal with our problems.
Prayer: Lord, we thank You for Your healing mercy that brings peace into our lives when we are stung by life's problems. We cannot always avoid the "ants" in our lives, but we can find healing balms that ease the pain until the irritations heal. Amen.