Our pastures are wonderful.
Apparently the soil is just perfect.
Enter the fire ants.
Yes, fire ants. They have moved in, invaded, settled, and whatever else you want to call it. They make mounds that start out low and innocent, and grow to huge proportions. And mean? You haven't seen mean until you meet fire ants! They are tiny, and fast, and they will swarm up and around and over whatever has aroused them -- biting the entire time.
Oh, and those bites sure do hurt! They seem to be imbued with an incredibly potent "something" that hurts far worse than the bites of their larger cousins. I won't trouble you with the chemical stuff, just nod your head and we'll move on . . .
We've been trying to eradicate these little rascals. We walk the pastures carefully, searching for the "beginner" mounds -- the established ones are easy to find, because they can rise many inches above the mown grass. We sprinkle the bait onto the mound, and we get their attention....don't want to make 'em real mad, just rouse them out of the nest to discover the tasty bait. Then they can get all excited and take it down into the nest and show off their skills at providing for the clan. The bait will kill them after they eat it, and one bite given to the queen will result in the whole nest dying.
Some people would think I'm heartless. I'm not. I'm willing for them to live.
Just somewhere besides our pasture, where we walk, watch owls, turkey, and deer, and hit the occasional golf ball. (Grin)
We find that sometimes one application just doesn't quite do it. We will find a few hold-outs stubbornly living and nurturing a queen in one corner of a fairly dead nest. Or we'll find a whole new nest, because some of the survivors have moved a few feet away and started over.
Isn't this just like sin in a believer's life?
With the Spirit's help, we search for the things in our lives that are undesirable. The sins that "so easily beset us" and that can separate us from our God.
We try to root them out: we ask His forgiveness and the blood of Christ is sprinkled on our sins and they are gone.
But are they gone?
Do they seem to keep hanging on? Troubling us?
Romans 7:15,18-19)We have to try again (and again) to get rid of them?
Hang in there, Christian, there is hope!