Dealing With Pests

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Our newspaper reported that Florida iguanas are causing severe damage as they devour vegetable gardens and exotic flowers. Unsuspecting customers buy these popular, eight-inch, green lizards but are shocked as they see them grow to six feet. They have a spiny back, sharp claws, and whip-like tail, which is enough to scare most adults. Many lizard owners are turning these pets loose because of their voracious appetites. As a result, they are invading fruit orchards and rose gardens.
In Ohio, we don’t have roaming iguanas, but we have a multitude of other damage-causing pests which include: woodchucks, Japanese Beetles, raccoons, deer, and cute little bunnies. I laughed when I heard about my elderly, neighbor men – Charlie and Fred – herding a half dozen rabbits down the middle of our street, to drive them out of our neighborhood. Some of our other neighbors set traps or called an exterminator to get rid of various other pests. It’s a fact that while we live on earth, pests will challenge us.
We all deal with spiritual pests too, the things that erode our relationship with God and others. Some of these most prevalent pests include: offenses, fears, disappointments, unmet expectations, and distractions – to name a few. When difficulties in life happen and we aren’t on guard, some of these pests will try to move in and damage our relationships. Sometimes it takes our proactive stance to come against the pests through prayer, asking God for wisdom and help. God’s Word reminds us to take our thoughts captive (2 Cor. 10:5) and to cast all of our cares upon Him (1 Pet. 5:7). God knows best!
Lord, please help me deal with the spiritual pests and challenges of each day. Amen.