Readings: Isaiah 55:6-11, Hebrews 4:11-13, John 1:1-3, 14
Have you ever seen an ant attack a larger insect? Ants can be vicious, and tenacious, and they have good strength in tiny bodies. An image of a bee walking on the ground came in my mind, and then an ant came up behind it and bit onto the bee’s back leg. The bee kept walking, dragging the ant along. Other ants were coming, and I imagined the bee would soon be overpowered. I asked the Lord why that sad image came to my mind, and I heard in my spirit, “People can be like the bee. They focus on the ant and forget they can fly.” I thought about that. An enemy, Satan, a sin, or a problem can grab us and hold on. Instead of shaking it off or dealing with it, we can continue on our way, dragging the enemy along. We might try to ignore it, or we might concentrate on handling it ourselves while we limp forward. Like the bee, we forget we can fly away from the bite of the enemy. The Holy Spirit gives us wings and power, even against tenacious and strong adversaries. While we struggle with one thing clinging to us, we can’t forget more are moving in behind us. Satan is vicious. Use your wings! Our reading in Isaiah 55 begins, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” And so we do. Help us, Lord, to call on You first. Remind us of who You are, what the Holy Spirit does, and why You gave our Spirit wings. In the glorious Name of our One and Only, Amen.