Building In the Dark

<!–[endif]–>

When Satan leave the light on for you, remember that God is our light!

When Satan leave the light on for you, remember that God is our Hope!

“For You are my hope; O Lord God,

You are my trust from my youth

and the source of my confidence.”

Psalm 71:5

I was sitting in the shade one afternoon enjoying summer’s intermittent breeze flowing across my face. The cooling relief felt good for those brief seconds, but never lasted long enough to abate the sweat droplets(perspiration rivulets?) zigzagging through my facial stubble. I love to sit in a large oak tree’s shade on late afternoons, praying and praising, and just talking with myself and God about my life—where I’ve been and where I’m going. This particular day, God took advantage of my time with him to remind me of a very special moment that didn’t seem so special at the time; I don’t look forward to a wasp sting.

I love woodworking, but my workbench was outside because it couldn’t fit inside. While routing a piece of wood one day, my hand felt as if someone had driven an icepick through it. I was under attack by an army of wasps so I ran for cover. Administering first aid, I prepared for war.

Outside again, I stealthily embarked on a search-and-destroy mission, and halted when I spotted a large, inverted mushroom covered with wasps. Only extreme vigilance would keep me from being stung again.

Even with my hand starting to swell, I began spraying a pesticide mist that knocked several wasps to the ground, but I noticed other rusty-red bodies who had me in their sights. I danced like seven demons possessed me while trying to avoid more of their toxic venom. As I had become a sudden threat to their family home, they shifted altitude and direction in their profound vengeance, their fury thrusting them forward. When at last the final wasp fell to the ground I claimed victory and headed back to work.

A while later, a lone wasp buzzed around my head, probably out gathering food and whatever was needed to enlarge the nest. When he landed on the bench I placed an empty paint can over him. Then rain began falling and I retreated indoors.

Three days later I returned to my project and noticed the can. I thought, surely the wasp is dead. I raised the can and out he flew; I couldn’t believe it. He’d survived the heat and darkness, and now he disappeared into the backyard haze. I was dumbfounded, not because the wasp was alive, but because of the small, three-celled inverted mushroom I found inside. God’s creature not only survived his darkest hour, but continued the life’s work God had given him. Though he may have been afraid and unsure of the future, he never gave up. Now he claimed victory over his enemy.

This little red-tailed insect didn’t allow circumstance to keep him from accomplishing his purpose. Our enemy wants us to believe we have no purpose, and through fear, tries to intimidate us til we give up. He sprays his toxic fog of lies and trepidation over us, doing his best to stop another of God’s creatures. Like that tiny wasp, God gave us certain individual characteristics and gifts to become like Him in our Christian walk and build His kingdom, bringing honor to His name.

Jesus said, "I am the door."

Jesus said, “I am the door.”

God exhorts us in His Word to make ready for Satan’s certain attacks, providing His Word upon which to draw our strength. Yes. He provides our armor to defend against the enemy and thwart his attacks.

“…be strong in the Lord[be empowered

through your union with Him];

draw your strength from Him

[that strength which

His boundless might provides.]

Ephesians 6:10-18 (AMP)

We must not delay our preparation until the enemy attacks, but don our armor and take up our sword daily if we hope to claim the victory. God’s provision of prayer is a communication system unequaled by any of today’s sophisticated technology. We must be ready to receive His blessings when we pray for them. Whatever the circumstance, ask God to bring truth to light, healing to your broken heart, and His love to your soul.

Once God reveals His truth, He begins directing you to press through and beyond your circumstances, but He will provide that prayer-answering truth only when you are willing to open your heart to it and lay every hurt at his feet. Peace comes only if you allow it, and give up your fear of your circumstances, for like the wasp, it is only for a season. Continue to build in the dark and stand astonished when the cover is lifted.

“Yet amid all these things we are more
than conquerors and gain our surpassing victory
through Him Who loved us.”

Romans 8:37 (AMP)

When circumstance covers us with defeat it is time to hold our heads high and remember we are conquerors. Nothing comes against us that will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). The beauty of it all is that, as we face this circumstance, God stands behind us as our rear Guard (Isaiah 52:12).

Have you ever wanted to give up? Be encouraged, for …

Now you can get on your knees and give thanks and praise to the One who has brought you through the darkness and into the Light.

 

“After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace who has called you
into His eternal glory in Christ Jesus will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be,
establish and ground you securely,
and strengthen and settle you.”

1 Peter 5:10 (AMP)

Peace has arrived!

Peace has arrived!

AMEN!

Thank You Father!

 

Advertisements

47 thoughts on “Building In the Dark

  1. Thanks so much for the lesson and thanks again for the belly laugh… ” I danced like seven demons possessed me while trying to avoid more of their toxic venom.”

    Been there. Done that. I’m sure I looked just as ridiculous. 😀

  2. Oh, Andy, I laughed, too, when I pictured my dear friend doing the seven demon jig!! Sorry, but that will stay with me for a time. 🙂

    I am sitting here putting together my poetry book. It is long and hard work, and I am riddled with fear because I fear no one will want to read it let alone pay good money for it. But, I keep trying to remind myself that this is a gift from God that basically saved my life from the pit. I need to keep Satan’s fiery thought darts from stopping the process.

    Thank you for this very timely message, dear friend!! God is always using you in my life, and I am so thankful for it. I will remember your post as I plug along.

    • Thank you dear friend. I’m glad my post has helped in your endeavor to get your book together. I for one will be buying it and I am certain that others will as well. God has blessed you with a unique talent and he will make the way for you to succeed in his endeavor through you! God Bless you my friend!

  3. Our work is never done and I hope to be a persistent as that one lone wasp . . . and that it will be Satan who is doing the “seven-demon jig around me as I take cover in the Word. ~ Blessings ~

    • You are so right, we are never done. I have been guilty of almost giving up when I knew I should keep going. But I thank God for his Word and His promises. Thank you for your comment. God Bless! Oh, and I hope we all get to see Satan doing the “seven-demon jig” one day! I like that name!

  4. Wow, great post, Andy. I hate wasps and I’m so sorry that you got stung and were threatened by so many more, but I had to laugh as you told your tale of victory over the beasties. I’d love to have your dance of seven demons. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Thanks Natalie! One of the comments I got called it the “seven-demon jig” lol.

      Sometimes I really wonder why God created some of His creatures. I guess to keep us alert and on our toes, haha!

      Sent from my iPhone

      >

  5. What a great story, Andy. I have definitely wanted to give up many, many times.
    My two biggest reasons for not giving up: my daughter and my son.
    God has given me the strength I never had each time I came so close to giving up.

    • Praise God for the strength he has given. He will never leave you and will always reestablish you when the trial is over. We all must go through them from time to time. It is where we learn to rely on Him. Thanks for your comment. God bless!

  6. Wonderful post Andy, great lesson in sticking to what we are called to do, even though I have a phobia of wasps and can’t bear them!! I read a daily devotional which has been teaching these last few days about following the path that God calls us to walk along. There are many times when I feel that I can’t do this, with my writing, that the story which has burned within me for over 30 years and needs to be told, will just be a waste of time. Then I realise that the enemy just loves to steal our joy and destroy and blight us with his lies. Thank you for sharing your story and the scriptures to encourage and uplift my friend. God bless you – Sherri

    • Thank you Sherri! God is using you in a mighty way! Can’t you feel it! He is going to bless you with your book. Tell the story. Just be encouraged that God is standing behind you while you fight off the temptation to quit or to give up. He is our rear Guard. Think about it. The Scripture tells us in Ephesians all about our warfare and the armor that is provided. If you look at this protection it is for standing and facing the enemy. There is no armor for you back side. That is why God is standing there. We say here in the US, maybe over there too, “He’s got your back!” God bless you Sherri, never give up!
      I have been so excited this week that so many of my blog friends have posted about this same theme. It’s like God placed in our hearts all at one time that someone really needed to hear His word. God is soooooo good!!!

      • Oh Andy, firstly, I’m so sorry I’m only just now replying to this wonderfully encouraging, uplifting and spirit-filled message for my writing, just what I needed to hear at this precise moment in time! I have been away since Friday afternoon and am only just now getting back on my laptop and here it is, Monday lunchtime!

        I am blown away by your response, in the most wonderful way, and yes, you are right, God does have our backs! I have read the word in Ephesians many times about the armour of God, but I never thought about what was behind us so my goodness, what a word ever true did I need to hear!

        So many times I think I can do this, then no I can’t, then, yes I will, then no you won’t because who wants to read your book, and then back and forth. I’ve blogged about this a few times as you know, working out my dilemma, one that us writers face all the time.

        Today, as I read this in catching up with my messages I suddenly feel like a fire has been lit beneath my feet and I want to jump up and down with joy!!!
        Andy, you have given me such a tremendous boost and now I will press forward and not quit and keep going!
        Bless you my dear friend and brother and yes, God is sooooo good. All the time 🙂 Thank you so much.

  7. so glad you stopped by my blog because now I have found yours…very good read! Circumstances sometimes rob us of the knowledge that we already have victory…good to be reminded of that! I love that scripture 1 Peter 5:10

  8. Hilarious post! Loved the whole 7 demon jig thing.. bet that was fun. LOL.. Just wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting my blog recently! I do appreciate your kindness! 😀

  9. love this story! I giggled at the description of your dance of the seven demons lol I’m sorry I am so late in commenting on this story. I just now found it! I very much liked how you mentioned the wasp not letting circumstance get in the way of completing the work God had for him. I have been taking part in a Bible study the last few months and we are using also a book called The Lies Women Believe. At this present time we are discussing a chapter on circumstances and how Satan uses them to convince us the lies we believe are true and take us away from the truths. That little wasp shows us that we need to be about our business, regardless of our circumstances and not be taken in by the lies Satan wants us to believe.

  10. Andy: It is such a pleasure to come home after a long day and see someone has read my post. I had not blogged in a long time..I thought perhaps I had lost my voice. The GOOD LORD has been using this great new technology to bring blessing of Believers into my life. Especially on days where I am sitting in the dark, with no energy to turn on the light.
    Now, I have been blessed to have found your Blog. I knew it was a winner when I opened your blog and saw the photo of the trees. Trees and snowflakes (individual snowflakes..lol) are some of my favorite things.
    I am enjoying hearing your voice-keep looking into the light-the truth resides there..we as Believers need to stand firmly in the light and lift our brothers and sisters out of the dark when they fall. Thank you for being on our side.
    Nicolette

  11. Thank you Andy , your message touched my heart profoundly and strengthened me in this difficult time I’m going through, your words gave me Joy because the Truth in them was bursting out all over the place.

    Would you believe I was bit by two wasps in November, just after a heavy piece of wood hit my head, I fell into their nest, the message I got was always take precautions I should have had a head covering when I was cleaning the Sun Shade in my Garden…. God is our head covering.

    I agree with you too Andy we all need to know that we don’t walk alone He surrounds us. I know I have shared these Scriptures with you before but they comfort me so much and now I can add the ones you shared too when I read them.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    Christian Love from us both -Anne.

  12. This is so beautiful. Your writing is such a joy to read: “I was sitting in the shade one afternoon enjoying summer’s intermittent breeze flowing across my face. The cooling relief felt good for those brief seconds, but never lasted long enough to abate the sweat droplets (perspiration rivulets?) zigzagging through my facial stubble.” Lovely. So vivid. I also, of course, love the message of this piece. It’s amazing to take your wasp experience and see in it that a creature can survive its his darkest hour by never giving up. Soldiering on. 🙂

  13. The last wasp sting I had lasted for two weeks and swelled up my arm and itched and hardened the skin, so I truly believe all wasps should die, even that one that claimed victory. You must find him and kill him. Other than that, I agree with this. It is easier to have peace when the season is short. Sometimes the seasons are over a decade, and the peace is hard to keep. And you wonder when is the “proper time” that I will reap my harvest?

    • Thanks for such a great smile on my face! I enjoyed your comment immensely! I will track him down
      and beat him with a hose! And then feel guilty, hahaha!

Comments are closed.