This morning WordPress sent me an annual report on which blogs were the most popular/most read blogs from Lift Jesus’ Cross in 2014. The September post, Bee in my Bonnet, had the most reads! What’s funny is that last week I debated whether I should share an update on this “Bee in My Bonnet” saga.
The day before Christmas Eve, my heart was heavy and discouraged. Of course, it’s winter in Pennsylvania so I was not able to go outside to take time with the Lord there. Still, our God is so merciful and tender. I was hit with a series of disappointments. My husband underwent a series of tests for the last six months only to discover he was infected with Lyme disease twice–once he had Lyme meningitis and the hospital didn’t see it. As a result, he was left with permanent scarring on his brain and debilitating headaches, sometimes with double vision. (For those of you not familiar with this disease, it is becoming widespread in Pennsylvania and is carried to humans by a tick bite. Ticks populate our wooded areas). I was also diagnosed with a debilitating disease this year. A book project that I worked on for months, invested gobs of time and money into it, just fell apart this month. We have a young adult child that is running from God (let’s just say I’ve read Franklin Graham’s book Rebel With a Cause and gleaned much there). And two days before Christmas, I received a notice from the IRS that 2013 taxes were not calculated properly and I owe them more than $2,100 plus fees!
Maybe there was more than one bee in my bonnet . . .
The day before Christmas Eve, our wonderful Father in heaven spoke to my heart to read First Thessalonians chapters four and five. Guess what I found? THE BEE!! I’d totally forgotten that bee was still in my Bible! The dead bee was still lying there, defeated and lifeless on the words “as a helmet, the hope of salvation”:
But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 5:8,9).
Despite all the discouraging news, I had to smile. I was being given “orders from heaven’s headquarters” to put on that helmet again.
THE BEE IN MY BONNET story continued. After working for hours on Christmas preparations that same day, I decided to lie down on the couch. I picked up the pillows to arrange them so I could rest my head. A YELLOW JACKET BEE WAS CRAWLING AROUND ON MY PILLOW!! I’m not joking! It’s December and we NEVER get yellow jackets in the freezing cold days of December. I was stunned! I took the pillow to the door and tried to blow it off. It clung to the pillow. I tried to swipe it off. It clung to the pillow. I took off my shoe and swatted that bee off the pillow and it finally fell to the porch outside the door. Sorry–I didn’t even think to take a picture of it. Honestly, I was still in a bit of a “funk” from all that was going on.
Here’s the lesson. The very place where I was to lay my HEAD had a bee crawling around on it. My place of rest had a STING awaiting me. Now, that will teach me to wear the helmet of salvation!
There are several readers of this blog who emailed me or called me to encourage me. Most of them had no idea I was in a series of trials, but God touched their hearts to send me a word to lift my spirits. My thanks to Larry, Marlene, Ron and his wife, Jean, BillieJo, Carol, and Jo. We need each other, don’t we?
Many of us enjoyed beautiful times with friends and family over Christmas. We look forward to similar joys in the days ahead as 2014 comes to a close. But there are others who are hurting. My sister told me of a man whose house caught fire and he lost his infant daughter the week of Christmas. She said the man sat on his front lawn, pulling the hair out of his head, in deepest sorrow. This is a dismal picture of our need to protect our minds, our thoughts, in the days to come. Our HEAD needs to be protected and guarded.
The annual report for Lift Jesus’ Cross shows we have had more than 18,000 reads from 130 countries. To each and every person reading this blog, know that I care about you and Jesus sees your wins and losses from 2014. He knows all the tender spots and he holds out his armor to you in this coming year. Please–put on the helmet of the HOPE of SALVATION as you leave 2014 and enter 2015. And if you need prayer, don’t hesitate to email me at seehope at Comcast dot net. I care.
Happy HELMET to your New Year!