Hornets Teach Lessons

Thursday, September 24, 2020
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One day when Mother and I were walking the fields on the farm, we came upon one section of the rail fence that was down. We knew that the cattle would get out, so it needed to be fixed.

I said to Mother, "I can't fix the fence; I hear the hum of hornets. I am allergic to the stings of hornets and bees." Mother said, "I'm not allergic; I will fix the fence." No reasoning would change Mother's mind.

Mother was stung four times by yellow jackets on her legs during the work of repairing the fence. It broke my heart to see Mother suffering while I could not help. When we got back to the house, we put soda paste on the stings to help soothe the pain and draw out the venom.

1 Corinthians 15:54b-57 – Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

God knew the exact moment when His Son would die on Calvary for our sin. The sting of death was foreign to God. But His Son, Jesus, took on flesh to experience the sting of death for mankind. Our sin was put on Jesus on the cross. The Father had to turn His back on Christ until He was able to cry, "It is finished."

1 Corinthians 1:18 – For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (NIV)

We have listened to the news these past months and heard the numbers of people dying with COVID-19 worldwide. Our hearts ache for loved ones left behind. We see the tragic explosion that happened in Lebanon and are saddened for the innocent. We need to ask ourselves, "Do I fear the sting of death? What stings in my life are taking away my joy or peace of mind and soul?"

Mother's legs healed without scars. But Jesus Christ carries the scars of the cross where He willingly took on Himself the sting of sin and death for us. Our faith and trust need to be in Jesus Christ. We are called to show love, kindness and peace to those with whom we come in contact on a daily basis.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep us mindful of the price that Your Son paid for our forgiveness at Calvary. Help us to love each other for Your sake. Amen.

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Ruth Rowe <ruthjohn.rowe@gmail.com>
Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good words to feast upon, Ruth.

    Thanks, Ruth, for this story of your understanding.

    Thank you, Ruth, for this excellent reminder of God’s sacrifice.

    Amen Ruth! Thanks for a good word.

    Thank you, Ruth, for this day’s devotion.
    I enjoyed it very much.

    Thank you, Ruth, for sharing the sting of this moment with us. Praying for you. Blessings.

    Dear Ruth:
    May God continue to bless you and your family.

    Thank you for the sting story and message of the cross, of our Jesus, as you are able, carry on.
    When I read this, how I wish I could be with you and give you a hug.

    Dear Ruth,
    Thank you for the devotional leading to its crucial point of Jesus Christ’s giving himself for our salvation.
    Keep writing such messages.

    Thank you, Ruth, for a precious message leading up to Jesus’ love for us.
    So, I pray too for Jesus to cause us to love each other more and more, and to keep forgiving one another as he keeps loving and forgiving us.

    Hello Ruth,
    Thank you for writing today’s devotional. Yes, we need be so thankful that our Lord is there to help us through any situation we face in our lives. He certainly is our guide and our strength at all times.
    Blessings for this very thoughtful writing.

    Hi Ruth. I enjoy your inspirational messages!
    Thanks for taking the time to share your anecdotes.

    Dear Ruth,
    Thank you for the reminder to love each other no matter what. We always need reminding because it is not easy but with God’s help we can move forward. Blessings.

    Good morning Ruth,
    I read your devotional with interest yesterday, good words indeed. On a more personal note, Many years ago, I went to take the solar blanket off the pool. Right where I put my hands, a swarm of yellow jacket wasps had built a nest and I was stung in the veins on my hand several times. Within minutes I was sick, my tongue swelled up so that it hampered my breathing, actually I was gasping for air, was taken to the hospital immediately, where they looked after me, obviously. After that I had regular anti injections for many months. I avoid the wasps and anything that stings all the time, even now.
    Thank you for writing.

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