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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds (Loves) You!

I was trying to hold my pet guinea pig this morning - Cocoa. She kept squirming and wouldn't hold still. She has a habit of nibbling on my clothes when I hold her, so I was trying to get her in a position where she couldn't do that. Well, I guess she got tired of what was going on and chose to bite me (hard) instead.

Cocoa doesn't particularly like to be held. She does love to be loved on and petted, but it has to be on her conditions. You think she would be nicer to me since I usually am the one that feeds her and her sister - Checkers. I make sure that she has water, timothy hay, carrots, regular food and other goodies from time to time. But that doesn't make a difference to her. She reminds me of a woman that is constantly having PMS!

But as I thought about my ungrateful guinea pig, I wondered if I am any different from time to time. How often do I snap at my husband, for no reason. It's easy to blame it on PMS or some other reason, but it doesn't say anywhere in the Bible "be nice to your husband, except when you are experiencing PMS." What about those times when I choose to go first in the grocery store, because I'm in a hurry, or choose intimacy with my husband on my terms?

On the spiritual level, how about the times when I just plug along on my own strength and don't seek the Lord's help? Or I say perhaps unconsciously, "I can handle this one Lord. I don't need your help. You can sit this one out." I guess I'm biting my Master's hand in that situation as well. Ouch!

There is no situation in my life that I don't need the Lord!


Melanie said...

Thank you for the exhortation! good one:)

Zoe Elmore said...

What a great reminder sweet friend.
You always provide us with great words of wisdom.
Hope you are yours are well.