The wasps have built a nest in my bird-feeder.
The ants have found a home on my deck.
Dust settled in, once again, and stares at me, glaringly, from my window sills, causing guilt.
Ah yes, my world not as ordered as I would like.
This morning, my view, our beautiful view from our bedroom where we have our morning coffee, and talk about life... this beautiful view disappearing as a house rises in its place. The sounds of hammers filter in, and saws... and I actually said to my hubby... I wish I could just go and knock that over, like it was a lego tower.
Happens in my living-room, all the time. My grandsons taught me that.
He laughs...my hubby, and wonders if I would like a BB gun.
No, I reply. I am a pacifist.
But not really. In my heart, anger can reside, a claim to my rights, of wanting a perfect view. A world without wasps, just honey bees.
My hubby, a wise and patient man, said, "Sometimes adaptation is better than confrontation".
We were talking about many things...
How sometimes, actually often, things get spoiled. In a family. In a church family. In our relationships.
Like poison, life becomes marred. By an unkind word. Wanting things my way. Not seeing the other's point of view. Control issues.
Perhaps that is why love is our greatest commandment.
Of course, there are stories where confrontation is needed. Like Hitler, for example. I get that...
But for the most part, we are called to get along. To live peaceably. To choose love above all else.
The antidote to poison... is love.
And there is the hope of the eternal... an unmarred heaven, where the views will be unhindered, and our views on how the world should be run finally settled. No more arguments.
The wasps won't sting, and there will be an abundance of honey.
No more sorrow, no more pain.
But until then, love is a choice I make... daily. I love these verses I've been dwelling on recently, which are really a prayer:
"I pray that you, being rooted and established in love... to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. And to know this love that surpasses knowledge." (from Ephesians 3 17-19)
And that is my prayer... to be rooted and established in love... because love surpasses knowledge. Good thoughts to dwell on today.