I woke early, just after three with thoughts clamoring loud for attention. When the coffee was ready I made my way out to the screen porch to have my quiet time. I think sometimes when God wants to talk to me, He coaxes me out of bed extra early. Five animals followed me to the porch, four pups and Reba-the-Cat. As we settled in under blankets, they fell asleep and I sipped coffee and listened for Him.
“Thank you that you have everything under your control…”, I’m whispering my prayers when a tiny creature moves quick around the edge of the room towards that hole in the screen.
I’ve seen him before, this tiny thing, on another too-early morning. But that time he ran so fast toward his exit that I couldn’t be certain if he was a chipmunk or a mouse. That time I mildly freaked out and my sleepy pack of animals all jumped up and ran towards him.
Not this time though.
This time he scurried, but not entirely frantic-
This time the pups lifted their heads to see, but never even got up-
This time Reba-the-Cat stood and watched him disappear through the hole in the screen before folding her legs back underneath her and settling down.
“Sorry to bother you”, I told him as he made his exit.
Isn’t it strange that we’re almost accustomed to the little vermin, I thought. Leaning back into my comfy chair I heard:
What thoughts and habits barely make you look twice anymore?
The question came quiet in my head but rang loud in my heart.
What is it in you that comes through the hole in the screen?
It was one of those God-Moments so I grabbed my journal and began making a list of things that are unwelcome but that I’ve become accustomed to…
~living on the computer
Those were some of the unwelcome vermin that are so familiar they seem like they belong in my life. I think the hole in the ‘screen’ comes from neglect. Neglecting to pray. Neglecting to read my Bible. Neglecting to worship with a group of people. It’s not that we have to do those things to be accepted or to be loved, but to neglect those things means there will be consequences, holes in the screen so to speak. And something unwanted will probably find it’s way in.
Father, help me to fix the hole in the screen…
Has there ever been a season in your life when you realized you were allowing unwelcome things to be the “norm”?
Sending love sweet friends