A couple months ago the pastor of the church I attend suggested reading and dwelling on Psalm 139. Since then I’ve been reading and re-reading this Psalm. It’s one of the passages that’s been drawing my attention lately.
The writer, King David, asserts God’s knowledge and interest in him. He says that he cannot flee from God’s Presence, no matter where he goes, he finds God there. He writes, “If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.” (Psalm 139:11,12, KJV)
These verses provide comfort to me. They tell me that even though dark, uncertain circumstances bother me, they do not bother God. He knows where I am, and what I am feeling. I can cry out to Him and know that He knows and cares, and will act in some way on my behalf. The darkness is never too great for God, since darkness and light are the same to Him.
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I have a problem with honey bees getting into the house. Hot, humid days drive the bees to greater activity outside, and I used to see more of them inside too on those days.
Last summer I found a hole high up near the ceiling where the bees came in. I plugged the hole with insulation. While that action greatly reduced the number of bees coming in to the back of the house, some bees still found their way in, making life a little more interesting than I really wanted it to be.
One morning this summer I noticed the curtain on the bathroom window was closed, and there weren’t any bees around. A thought hit me: Bees are naturally drawn to light. If a bee is inside, it automatically flies to the nearest source of light, whether that is a window or a light bulb. In the case of the light bulb, the bee fries itself, because it can’t stay away from the light.
That bit of knowledge led to a solution: I taped black plastic garbage bags to the bathroom window and the window on the back door. Although that makes the back part of the house very dark (like a cave), I don’t have bees coming in, so that part of the problem is solved.
Moral of the story: If you have a problem with wildlife in or around your house, think about what the particular species is attracted to/repelled by, and work from there.