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Sibling Worms
by James Donovan
02/22/08
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If I say to corruption, 'You are my father. And to the worm, 'You are my sister. Where then is my hope?" - Job 17:14-15; NKJV

Job was in deep mental, emotional and spiritual confusion and despair when he uttered these words. Have you ever felt like a worm's brother or sister? My guess is that most of us have at one time or another even as believers, after a perceived or actual major failure towards God, fellow believers or friends, or perhaps when we were being assaulted by an intimidating spirit of fear.

Can God lift us out of our sense of "worminess"? Yes! The One who said "Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel, I will help you says the LORD and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel" (Isa. 41:14) stands ready and able to strengthen us today also.

This "worm syndrome" has often reminded me of one of my childhood activities. When I was a youngster (many moons ago now) some friends and I used to go fishing in the local river for carp and bullheads - both real high-class fish - and we used live angleworms for bait. The best worms for fishing though were huge, fat, long ones, called "nightcrawlers". I imagine that most of the women have left off reading this now, but I'll continue anyway.

We learned that the best way to catch nightcrawlers was to go out at night to a nice green, damp lawn, and the quintessentially best time was immediately after a brief rainfall which always seemed to force them out of their underground holes and onto the grass. Have you ever noticed how after we've sinned and are feeling really bad about that failure that our tendency is to try to stay "hidden" away "underground" from open fellowship with God or other believers for a while? Satan will tell us that we're hypocrites anyway, so why bother reading the Word or going to that mid-week church service. Of course that's just exactly what we need to do...let the refreshing rains of His Word and the fellowship of His Spirit among other Christians wash us out of our subterranean holes of despondency and self-pity.

Another peculiar thing about nightcrawlers is that when the soil is wet, they will stretch about 90% of their bodies out on the grass and leave only 10% or so left in their tiny burrows. Of course you hunt them after dark so need to use a flashlight to first locate and then grab them. The problem is that God apparently made them very sensitive to light, so if you shine the light on them directly they'll immediately shoot back into their holes, similar to how some people will quickly slurp/inhale a piece of cooked spaghetti into their mouth. ZZZIP! Those worms are FAST! The solution? Just shine the edge of the flashlight's beam close enough to the invertebrate rascal's body to be able to barely see him, and then grab him quickly!

God has made believers' spirits sensitive to the light of His Word and Spirit also, so when attempting to minister Christ's encouragement and restoration to brethren who are feeling opposed to themselves, we need to sensitively rely on the Holy Spirit for the love and wisdom that will enable us to use His Word and counsel as a gentle, healing laser beam, as opposed to an overwhelming series of athletic-field-like series of blinding, irritating floodlights.

One final point about capturing nightcrawlers is that of how you finally get them completely into your possession. Once you've grabbed them between your thumb and forefinger you can't just arbitrarily jerk the slippery, wiggly little things out of their tunnels. You must gently but constantly tug upwards on their rubbery torsos. If you try to roughly yank them out, their bodies will often break in half. That's not good! You have to be patient and gently authoritative with them.

Likewise God, in dealing with His children, knows exactly where and how much pressure and/or comfort and reassurance He needs to apply in order to draw us back out into the light of His love, grace, and truth. His Holy Spirit patiently and unwaveringly tugs on our hearts and emotions with loving but unrelenting conviction until we once again yield ourselves to Him in confession and repentance.

Be encouraged brethren, Psalm 22, a Messianic Psalm, speaks prophetically of Jesus Christ in His humiliation and rejection by men in the words, "I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people", and we can be assured that "He Himself knows our frame [what we are made of]; He is mindful that we are but dust"(Ps. 103:14; NASB). Isaiah said of Christ, "A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish" (Isa. 42:3; NASB).

That is very good news for us sibling worms!


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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James Donovan 25 Feb 2008
Thank you. I'm glad it blessed you.
Holly Jensen 22 Feb 2008
I love this. Great use of metiphores. I remember helping a friend look for worms. I got to pick them up.




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