When Cockroaches Come Home
Thankfully, our family has never had to deal with such pesky little varmints, that is, until last night. Ugh! Horror of horrors!
Stepping out of the shower, I happened to see a spot on the ceiling in the corner of our bathroom. Because my eyes have gotten so out-of-focus, it took a minute for me to climb onto our sunken tub next to the shower to have a closer look.
There in all his antenna wiggling glory was a cockroach about the size of Texas. Well, maybe not that large, but he was no small critter.
Throwing on some clothes, I marched myself into the kitchen where Rick and our oldest son were in the middle of deep, police related conversation.
Uh-hem. Clearing my throat, Rick looked at me and I pointed towards the direction of our bathroom. "There is a cockroach on the ceiling. Go get 'em!"
Mumbling something as he got up from the table, I heard him mention a call he answered the other night at a cockroach infested home. Apparently, the nasty things were everywhere, and one must have caught a ride home.
Aaaaahhh!! Not good!
After the deed was done and the poor creature politely flushed down the toilet, In my mind, I began to relate this scenario to things that happen in our spiritual lives.
God tells us to examine our ways and walk carefully in the world that we don't "pick up" unwanted attitudes, behaviors or sinful characteristics. Yet, through activities of our daily lives, there are times we are bound to let our guard down and allow things to tuck themselves away in our hearts and minds, only to appear when we least expect them. It's in those moments we need a good and immediate heavenly clean up.
Today, have you allowed any cockroaches to come home? Maybe not the wiggling antenna kind, but the worldly, sin-nature kind? If so, perhaps we need to have a thorough examination and cleansing by our Heavenly Father.
Psalm 139:23-24 says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Do you think I should insist on a uniform change in the garage? Hmmm. That probably won't happen, but it's a thought. :) You can bet that the bug man will be paying a visit to the Neace household, to head off any future unwelcome guests.
Well anyway...here's to another random tale from a police wife,