Most of us have been stung – by bees and by people. Both experiences hurt.
Just the other day, I was riding my scooter home from the church office. I came to a tricky intersection where I would need both hands on the handlebars to safely make the turn. Just as I began to accelerate out into the intersection, a bee flew up the back of my helmet and stung me. In thousands of miles on various two-wheel vehicles this was a first.
As the bee began to auger his sharp stinger into the back of my head, I so wanted to reach around and swat him. If I had tried to swat the bee I would have lost control and put myself in greater jeopardy. I held onto to the controls with both hands and endured the trauma.
The next day, I thought of the various times people have stung me. It happens to all of us. A hurtful word or an unkind action can sting. Our first impulse reaction to a sting can get us in more trouble than the sting itself.
Maybe you have someone who has really stung you and your response was less than perfect. Try this – the next time you get stung by someone, keep both hands on your spiritual handlebars (Wisdom) and allow God (Trust) to download a better response. In the end, the venom of the sting will have less impact because the healing presence of God was allowed to counteract the poison and bring healing.