Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Infestation!


This is the Nativity set that we have displayed in our home for many years. I know many Christians proudly, yet with great reverence display a Nativity set in their homes during this special season of Christmas as well. 
We do this in hopes of  helping to bring the minds and hearts of all who see it back to the real reason for this season...Jesus our Savior, the best gift God has ever given to mankind.
So when I recount what happened with this particular Nativity set over the weekend...You might understand my reaction to it.
Last summer we had an infestation of carpenter ants in the loft of our garage. Jeff sprayed some ant killer up there and it seemed as if it had worked its magic...no signs of the ants.

So, we dragged down the plastic totes containing our Christmas decorations this past weekend only to discover that the tote containing the  Nativity set which was packed carefully in its own little box and placed on the bottom of the tote had been infested with carpenter ants inside of it...because there was a crack in the handle area of the tote!
What is normally a pleasant experience...decorating for the Holidays, became a tedious chore to clean out all the little dead ant bodies from the wreath and other things. Some of which needed to be discarded...But what was really disturbing is the fact that the only place where the insects where still very much alive was inside that Nativity!  The figurines were covered...All except one...The little manger with the Christ child lying in it...Not one ant dared to crawl upon it... ha-ha!

Because you will not leave my soul in hades, neither will you allow your Holy One to see corruption. Acts 2:27

Okay, so I do know that the figurine is only a representation of the Savior...and not to be worshipped or idolized...But, I could not resist the deeper meaning of this whole scenario...You see, the enemy has been trying to put fear and doubt into my spirit the past couple of weeks...as I am undergoing tests on a suspicious lump or(mass).
So when I first saw the infestation last weekend..it felt like the devil was trying to infest my very spirit with something horrible and sick...  and his latest attempt came yesterday during a point where I was in panic mode and totally stressed from a difficult day out running from one hospital to another in order to get a disk and reports put together etc...When I got home, all I wanted to do was go to bed and shut everything out for a couple hours...But first I had to reschedule an appointment with the surgeon whom my doctor referred me to...They rescheduled the appointment for next Friday (the 13th). The receptionist was relieved when I told her I did not care about the superstition associated with that date. (I know it is God and God alone who controls everything in my life).
So as I lay in bed last evening, my thoughts started to wander into dark places once again, and for a time I entertained them...But Jesus will not be shut out that easily! He is my Shepherd ...and I am one of His sheep that hear His voice...even amidst the growling of the wolf at my door...Now I can only hear Him  telling me to not be afraid...for He is with me always.
The Lord has been telling me in so many ways these past weeks that He is with me...He is the light in the darkness...He will never leave me nor forsake me...just like my user name declares!
Then, this morning there came such a clear and gentle voice telling me to go outside where the Nativity figurines were left and bring them back into the house....and as I wiped the snow away from the little manger I read it's inscription and smiled...



...and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”). Mathew 1:23




~BLESSINGS & LOVE ~
And remember, we are...

~NEVER FORSAKEN~


17 comments:

child of God said...

Hi Lisa,
Ants can be bothersome! We get little infestations every now and then. How cool you found none on baby Jesus. :)

I have been in prayer for you since I saw that comment you shared on Chelle's blog and will be continuing to pray for you. You are right, superstition is nothing, it is dead.

Praying for you.
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Never Forsaken said...

Thanks Sweetie...How wonderful to know that friends are praying!
God is above all of the man made myths and superstitions...They are designed to distract us from the truth.

child of God said...

Agree! Superstitions are from Satan and they are powerless when it comes to the Christian. The blood of Jesus wips away these false gods because they are dead and that is what a superstition is, a false god.

Blessings,
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Susie Swanson said...

Sorry about the ants. They are a pest for sure. God has our problems before we even know. I'm sending up prayers for you. You are a really inspiring person that I admire so much. You always have a better outlook on it and that's the way we all should be. Thank you my sweet friend and hold on to his hand.

As for the sweet comments on mine, you are the first and only one that knows what the Thrush is. I'm so happy someone knew what I was talking about. Thank you so much and God Bless, Susie

Sharon said...

What a wonderful lesson you have drawn from those pesky ants. I am not an ant fan, and I have done war with them on more than one occasion. And you're so right - they are very much like those insidious scary thoughts that crawl into our minds and strike fear into our hearts. I'll pray for you as you face this medical journey - for good results, of course, and that the Lord will fill you with HIS peace.

Immanuel - is there anything quite so wonderful as that?!

GOD BLESS!

Alexandra Rose said...

Lisa, I totally understand why you felt invaded by the ants in your current situation. I hope that by your next appointment your mind will be relieved. Will pray!
The ants should be gone soon! Surely they will not survive being disturbed in the snowy winter?
I suppose we should love all creatures, but some are hard to like: my 'bugbear' is...slugs, ugh! At least they stay OUTside though.
It is a lovely Nativity set, you were right to give it another chance. Jesus can survive a few of His little 'friends' nesting around Him!
A hug x
xx

Never Forsaken said...

Awe... thanks Susie...Such a sweet comment!
I need to write things out in order to clearly see the situation....but the thoughts can sometimes get pretty tangled up inside first...This is what I wrestle with before I get some understanding...That comes through prayer and then I write.
God bless~((hugs))~ Lisa
I am holding on tightly to the Fathers hand.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Sharon...No there is nothing as wonderful! Such peace and so many things to hope for because our God is with us!
I love the way you worded that...-insidious- is a good description of those ants...and those thoughts...especially the thoughts!
Thanks for your prayers...there is power when God's people pray!
~God bless~

Never Forsaken said...

Thanks for your prayers, Alex...I cannot manage to love most of the bugs...and especially not the arachnids (hate spiders)...I feel bad that I hate spiders ...maybe hate is a strong word...I fear spiders....There...that's better.
God bless, ((hugs))

Brenda said...

Hi Lisa,
I suppose because I love lots of types of little creatures I saw the ants as respecting the baby Jesus by not walking over Him. I think I might be considered a 'strange one' sometimes. I too will pray for you regarding the lump. I had a very large lump in my breast when I lived in Australia, when I first became born again. One of the elders of the church I was attending put oil on my head, prayed for Jesus to heal me, and the lump disappeared on the spot. I could not examine myself until I got into my car after the service, when I found not a trace of it there, but I knew it had gone when I was in the church.. I had gone to the doctor's on the Tuesday. He had said that the lump was large, that I had to see a specialist and got me to see him on the Thursday. The lump disappeared on the Wednesday after the prayer in the meeting. I still went to see the specialist on the Thursday. He examined me and said 'There is no lump here, Dr Simm must have been mistaken'. As he was filling out my receipt for my medical insurance I looked at the top of his head, thought 'If I don't tell this man what happened last night I will burst', and said. 'I went to a church last night and someone put oil on my head, prayed for me in the name of Jesus and the lump disappeared.' He just lifted his head and smiled at me I thought 'I don't mind what you think, I have told you the truth.' That was my first time of witnessing. May the Lord bless you and heal you too.
God bless you Lisa.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Brenda,
This one has been there for six months...mammogram report said it was fine, but at my yearly doc appt.in November, he was concerned with the size...Since praying on here and at home with others...this has reduced for the first time since months ago...I am calling it the start of a miracle and waiting to get an ultrasound this Friday to see what it looks like on that screen...and then a follow up with the surgeon next Friday for confirmation...I will talk about the power of prayer when he wonders where it is...LOL!
I have had that same kind of reaction when witnessing before also...You have the right attitude about it...You say the truth and it is up to the hearer how to respond...This used to frustrate me so badly when I was a new Christian though! I wanted people to believe because I believed and could not understand how they could not see it!
Thanks for your prayers, Brenda, and God bless you too my friend

Jedidja said...

You blog touche me so. Despite everything, Come let us adore Him, our King. It is all about Him.

I love your Christmas scene.

Irene ~Melodies In The Sand~ said...

Thank you for reminding me that Jesus is the real reason behind Christmas, Lisa. It surely brings comfort and peace. God bless. ♡ :-)

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Jedidja,
Thank you so much for your sweet comment...Yes, this is the time to adore our King!

Never Forsaken said...

You are so welcome, Irene...It is good to find this peace amidst all the craziness of this season sometimes!

Dee said...

Thank you for sharing and your honesty with your struggles...your an inspiration and many of us can relate to what you are feeling. The Lord tells us to praise Him during the storms...not after. I use to not understand why, but now i know it is an activation of my faith. God is indeed good and merciful in all things.

Never Forsaken said...

Thank you, Dee.
I know exactly what you are saying...This kind of thing jumpstarts my faith and renews my love for the Lord, and compassion for others who are facing various trials.
I have really missed your posts!
I know it is probably too cold lately to do much back roads exploring!
~God bless~

So do not fear,  for I am with you;      do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen  you and help  you;      I will uphold ...