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Hidden Pride

1. The Wasp Nest


Today was another one of those days that I was just gonna have to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.  I told the kids they could stop by this afternoon for another story, but here it is Saturday morning before they come, and I got nothing to share with them, yet.


I still have some time, and I know God is never late.  I will continue with my chores today and wait for some inspiration.


I had been putting off a lot of things because I lacked motivation.  I kept thinking of reasons to not do things instead of reasons to actually do them.


I finally decided that I would trim the bushes in the front yard today.  This is not one of my favorite things to do. I can still remember some stressful things related to trimming the shrubs. On one occasion, I actually had to drop my hedge trimmers and run away, because there was a hidden wasp nest in the shrubs. At one point I thought maybe the Lord wanted me to make this into a story for the little kids, but what do they know about trimming shrubs?


While I was trimming the shrubs, Larry walked by.  Larry has always been one of my favorite kids, if I’m allowed to have favorites.  There’s been a lot of very interesting things in Larry’s life that have drawn my attention to him.


Larry was in one of his normally happy moods. He said, “Hi, Grandpa, are you having fun trimming shrubs?”


I responded, “Oh, Hi, Larry. What do you have planned for today before you come over to my house to hear the new story?”


Larry looked at the shrubs and said, “How long do you think it’s going to take you to do this, Grandpa?”


I looked at my progress, and I looked at what was left to do, and I said, “I don’t know, Larry. I’m wondering if I’m even going to be able to finish this task before you guys come over this afternoon. I also have some more shrubs in the back I need to trim.”


Larry said, “Can I watch you?  Have you ever had any problems while you were trimming the bushes?  Like, what could possibly go wrong as long as you’re real careful not to cut your arm off!”


I responded, “Well, I guess I’ll have to be real careful, and not cut my arm off. But I have had some other problems while I was trimming in the past. I was just thinking this morning when I got ready to trim the shrubs, maybe I should check to see if there were any wasp nests in the shrubs before I started.”


Larry had a very funny look on his face.  He said, “A wasp nest!?  I haven’t seen any wasps anywhere near your house, nor my house as far as that’s concerned.  Did you have problems with wasps at some other time, or another house?”


I replied, “Yes, as a matter of fact, my wife and I used to live in a house that backed up to a wooded area. There were a lot of wasps, bees, all kinds of other insects and rodents that were always trouble for us.”


Then Larry asked, “So, why didn’t you check real carefully for wasps nests before you started trimming your hedges at the other house?”


I responded,  “Hmmm.  I think I’m gonna wait on answering that question for a little while. It seems like God is asking me to incorporate that into my story for you this afternoon.”


Then Larry said, “Come on, Grandpa, you can let me in on it before the rest of the guys get here.”


I responded, “If I do that, Larry, then you won’t be surprised with the rest of the children.“


Larry was a little bit disappointed that Grandpa wasn’t going to give him some of the inside scoop.


Then Larry said, “Well, Grandpa, I guess I better let you get back to trimming your shrubs so that you can be ready for our story this afternoon. Have fun! I’ll see you this afternoon at 3 o’clock when the rest of the guys get here.”


I responded, “OK, Larry, see you then.”


After Larry left, I started to see how I was going to incorporate the wasp nest into a story for the kids.

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