Tiny Nuisance

Last week there was an alarming situation with a huge tree at my Dad’s house!  

The wind was blowing, and there was a loud creaking sound coming from this tree that was over 100 feet tall! My brother was mowing the yard near it and heard this sound, and noticed the trunk twisting and buckling. He could actually see some daylight through it! NOT GOOD! 

Our tree dude rushed over to take a look.  

It needed to come down immediately before it came down on it’s own on top of a car, or even part of the house! 

How in the world did this mighty tree become so frail? It didn’t look that way at a glance. It looked strong and had a full canopy of fresh new spring leaves. What could take down this giant?  

Ants.

black ant isolated on white background, Carpenter ant

 

Black ants over a period of years of tunneling and growing a colony. Little stinking black ants. 

One ant one day, years ago, found a cool little spot to get in by the roots. He brought his friends and they thought this would be a fabulous home! And so the colony grew. One ant poses no threat, but anything in large numbers surely does! The whole root system was rotting on one side, and about three feet of the inside of the bottom of the tree was completely hollowed out. That tree had been conquered from the inside out!

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See the two tiny black ants on the stump?

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Of course, this makes one think about the little things that we let into our minds, our hearts, our lives. The little things that on their own are relatively insignificant, but that left to multiply and colonize, can become huge destructive forces that can eat us alive from the inside!  

One little seed of doubt left to fester. One little negative comment that you allow to sink in. Negative things you say to yourself inside your head about being ineffective, insignificant, or ineffective. One tiny bit of false doctrine that you entertain and open yourself to, that over time grows further from Truth.  

It is like Paul said in the letter to the Galatians. A little yeast indeed works its way through the whole batch of dough!  

“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.” Galatians 5: 7-10 

What tiny thing are you allowing to harbor itself inside you and fester? Seek it out, sequester it and SQUELCH it before it eats you from the inside like that mighty tree!

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