a mess of yellow jackets

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I heard the buzzing noise, but wasn’t real sure where it was coming from.  But I knew, I didn’t want to intentionally make “it” mad at me.  Peeking through the branches of the young oak tree, I discovered this nest of busy yellow-jackets.  At the time I figured I had two choices of what to do.  I could either find something to swing at the nest, knocking it down and angering up a mess of yellow-jackets, and probably experiencing their wrath . . . OR . . . I could respectfully walk away for now.

Would these insects have a right to be angry with me?  Absolutely, I threatened their world.  I frustrated their plans.  They would lose something vital.  Maybe somebody had messed with them before.  So much so, that they would use their stingers to take their wrath out on me.

And in everyday situations I’m often faced with another angry mess of yellow jackets.

  • Frustration.  At work, with people, and life – why can’t these people get it right?
  • Disappointment. My expectations of myself or others can often let me down.
  • Rejection. It hurts to be ignored, overlooked, snubbed by someone close, an acquaintance, or a group.
  • Fear.  Could I lose someone or something cherished?
  • Threatened.  Why doesn’t my life look like everybody else’s Instagram or Facebook?
  • Past hurts.  Regrets, remorse, old wounds can make anger simmer like a crockpot.

Step in . . . emotion.  Anger. Don’t I have a right to be angry?   Surely I’m justified to feel this way. After all.  Isn’t it someone else’s fault that I’m feeling this emotion?  It might be.  Or . . .  as much as I don’t want to admit, it just might be me.

But whichever side of the fence I’m on, it’s my emotion and I’ve got to own it.

I know what The Word, His Truth says . . . commands . . .

A soft word turns away wrath, but a harsh words stirs up anger

but . . .

Do I give into the dANGER of a mess of yellow jackets?

About beegee10

I am a follower of Jesus on the journey of discovering His real, lasting joy through God's grace and thanksgiving. Several years ago, I married my best friend, whom I met in kindergarten many years ago. Life choices took each of us on separate paths, but Divine Appointment brought our paths back together. It's exciting to share this journey with my sweet man - a man who loves God more than he loves me! What a gift!! As a young woman I prayed for God to send a godly man like my daddy to pursue me. I just wasn't listening and abiding when I should have been. Good news in HIS time and in HIS grace, HE did! Not only does my sweet man love me, but he loves my three grown kids as if they were his own. He shares their joys and he hurts when they hurt. I love to hear him pray for each of them daily as we begin and end our days. View all posts by beegee10

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