Our front porch/step was looking shabby and starting to pull apart. Replacing it was on my to-do list once fall arrived and the greenery around it died. That way I wouldn’t feel guilty when I walked all over the day lilies and vines. Project day arrived yesterday. I planned to measure the project and order the lumber. If I had time, I would start the demolition phase. However, all of this was contingent on waiting for a package to be delivered. Once it arrived, I could go to work.
The delivery came at mid-day. After delivering the package, the rather burly delivery person ran screaming from the house and hid beside his truck. Turns out he was deathly allergic to bees and they were a couple hovering around the front porch. Assuming there might be a nest underneath the steps or porch, I went to the hardware store to pick up a can of wasp killer.
After taking the steps off the front of the porch, I discovered to my surprise that in addition to a significant amount of dry rot, another family had moved in and taken up residence underneath the porch. They didn’t build a single family dwelling. The wasps built a condo. It was way too big to be called “just” a nest.
It’s amazing what lurks out of sight and undetected. It’s a bit like the sin in our lives. A little anger here. A pinch of resentment there. Nurse a grudge or two. Our lives begin to decay from the inside out. A monster lurks underneath the surface ready to spring on some unsuspecting soul that crosses our path and incurs our wrath. We explode and sting everyone around us. And then we exclaim in amazement, “Where did that come from?”
This is why the apostle Paul encourages us to deal with our anger and not allow it to fester and build. When we don’t deal with it and seek reconciliation, we allow the enemy to gain a foothold in our lives.
“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27)