[CF Devotionals] 2019-10-02 - Sting of Life

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If you have ever mistaken a group of insects flying around your trash can for harmless but gross, then unwittingly approached and grabbed it to take it to the front street, you know it does not end well. In my defense, there were bones in there from a whole chicken that I had cut up, and knowing it was malodorous, it would not have been surprising if the insects were flies. Unfortunately, at 7:00 am, with the veil of dawn on the day, my vision deluded me into thinking it safe to move the can to the front street. In an instant, my error was evident. Even horse flies from a beach trip with my Mom were not as painful, and they did not seem to have an army of assailants to strike repetitively within a matter of ten to fifteen seconds, before me letting go and running around the front of the house. In the bees’ defense, the can had been moved to an area closer to where they have had a nest for about a month. It’s in the bottom of one of my ailing rose bushes, just beneath the surface of the ground. I discovered it one day while I was attempting to water said rose bush. And while I know they are protecting the nest and had apparently started by giving the refuse container a stern talking to, I was annoyed with myself for not realizing they were there, before they defended their queen from me. They got me a couple times on top of my head, a couple times on one arm and a few times on the other - and as I escaped, I could see several more on my clothes, continuing their charge. I took off my outer shirt and tossed it on the ground, after I made sure they were off my head. Then I focused on shooing them off my pant legs. I cannot recall having a bee sting since I was a kid in PA, and I stepped on one harmlessly getting pollen off a clover flower in our front yard. Since that time, I have never gone barefoot outside, as I often did until age ten. And after the other day, I will not move something until I inspect it for tag-a-longs. 😊 Do you find yourself feeling the sting of the life we live until the Savior returns?

Thankfully, the pain we feel coming from our journey here is temporary pain. However unending it may feel, be encouraged by the truth of God’s love for us by sharing his promise of eternal life. We can enjoy the time now by following his laws and precepts for better health and getting along with one another. Even still, when things are good there can be moments that sting almost like running around the yard getting away from stinging bees. I take comfort in God’s promise of his wiping away our tears, death and sorrow ending, and him making all things new. I hope you do too. “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” (Romans 16:20 KJV)

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Corinthians 15:55-57 KJV)

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:3-NIV)

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