Last evening while sitting on my front porch drinking a Chai iced tea with soy, I accidentally spilled some.
Almost immediately an insect of some type swooped in to partake of the spilled treat.
Figuring the critter may be enjoying it as much as I do I decided to leave him or her be.
This morning upon returning to my porch I discovered the bug was still there. In the same spot. My first thought was what a slow drinker this little critter is.
Second thought, maybe it’s dead. Perhaps the ingredients in the drink had killed it.
Finally, curiosity got the best of me. I moved in a little closer thinking if it were still alive I would scare it away.
To my surprise, it moved. But just a little.
At this point, it didn’t take much to figure out what had happened.
The bug was stuck in the sticky solution.
Now I'm wondering how do I free a stuck bug without causing more trauma or injury than it may have already experienced?
Ironically, the entire situation caused my thoughts to flow to the following scripture:
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1 NIV
How many times have we encountered someone stuck in situations from which they can't break free? How did we try to help?
How many times have we been stuck? How did others try to help?
Scripture provides us with plain instruction. If we look closely we will see.
First, the Spirit of The Lord must drive us.
Second, we must be gentle. In this case, it could simply mean being a little more compassionate.
Third, once we are able to view a person’s situation with compassion we should be very careful with the words we speak. Sometimes a harsh tongue can cause more damage than good. In other words, if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all. Better to spend that time and energy in prayer. Compassion produces gentle words.
Fourth, we are warned that when attempting to help someone out we must watch lest we are caught up into the same thing.
Being strong in your own convictions can help you prevent this from happening.
Lastly, recognize that we can’t change their situation. Only God can. This is the perfect opportunity to realize how prayer can change situations.
I’m a living witness it can. I have personally observed God move in the lives of individuals and change hopeless, impossible situations. I am sure He did not give up His willingness to do the same for others.
It’s very difficult to watch someone destroy his or her life. Perhaps out of anger and frustration you have tried everything you think possible to no avail. But don’t give up hope. Through prayer, ask God how to safely navigate you through what can be a very trying time. Continue to build your faith and belief in the fact He is the only one that knows exactly how to move people out of situations that have them stuck.
And never forget that if it had not been for God’s grace you could have been in the very same situation.
Ironically, I believe I figured out the best course of action to help the bug. Maybe adding a few drops of water around the sticky substance will do the trick. Diluting it just enough for the bug to break free.
Some may wonder, why so much concern for a bug?
My answer, it just seemed so helpless. And I’m moved by compassion. Plus it did help produce this Daily Moment of Thought.
Now off to grab that teaspoon of water, this little bug’s life may be hinging on it.
Sonja Burketh, Inspirational Speaker and Writer
Founder of “Daily Moment of Thought” online devotional.
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