|The Bee Hunter, Carson the Great|
Yesterday, Carson the Great came out to me in the garden, his arms full of what looked like half the toy box. As he got close, I saw that he had most every type of protective gear he could find for bike riding or skate boarding…a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards. Also in the mix were soccer shin guards, and a golf club. He asked if I could help him put it all on (except for the golf club), and as I did, he explained that he was going hunting for bees. I spent a moment telling him that bees are good, and won’t sting unless we bother them, but I could see that my talk was of no interest to him; he intended to carry out his plan anyway. So, I dressed him up for the adventure, and off he went.
Not a minute later, he must have located bees, because he was running and screaming; not the “attack” type of scream, but the “getting attacked” type of scream. Carson screams more than any little boy should, so I just waited until he got to me, as I’ve learned that most of the time, nothing serious is the matter. The scream turned out to be nothing more than him running from a bee that was “chasing” him. I told him it wasn’t necessary to run away like that, but he kept on, and spent the next hour or so hunting bees, which could be more accurately explained as “Carson running from bees while screaming”.
As this was going on, it made me think about how we ask things of God, but in many cases, we don’t want to receive the answer. Kind of like Carson, who wanted to go bee hunting, but really didn’t want to be anywhere near bees. We pray for things, but often the answer does not come in the form we want it to. We pray to be drawn closer to God, to experience Him fully in our lives, to see Him working through us; but many times these answers can come through trials, difficult trials.
God gets His greatest victories out of apparent defeats. Often times the enemy seems to triumph for a little while in our trials, but then God comes in and upsets the work of the enemy, giving a much larger victory than we would have known if He had not allowed the enemy in to, seemingly, triumph in the first place. There is a story in the Bible (Daniel 3) about 3 Hebrew guys… Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego…who were thrown into a fiery furnace because they wouldn’t worship a giant gold statue built by the King. It looked as if there would be total defeat as they fell down into the flames, but God protected them, and soon the King asked them to come out of the fire. When they did, not even a hair on their heads was singed. Their situation turned into a marvelous victory, and God was glorified.
There is such an awesome lesson in that story! If there is a huge trial in your life today, don’t own it as a defeat, but continue, by faith, to claim victory through Him who is able to make you more than a conqueror, and soon you’ll see a glorious victory! We need to remember that in all the hard places God brings us to, He is making opportunities for us to exercise our faith in Him, and this will surely bring about amazing results and greatly glorify His name. So keep on praying in a BIG way, and when God answers, you can courageously move ahead, knowing that He loves you and His good and perfect plans will be accomplished!
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. –George Mueller