Give them Fire.

A few weeks ago Carey and I Googled “hornets” after our granddaughter Lilly spotted an impressive hornet nest in the top of Grandmommy and Granddaddy’s magnolia tree about 50 yards from the house.

We found lots of different kinds of hornets and none of them look very nice. We left the nest alone.

In a seemingly unrelated event, last week we volunteered to help our son-in-law (Jarratt) and Carey’s younger brother (Bryant) cut up a maple tree at Grandmommy’s that had blown over in a storm the Friday prior.

Jarratt started cutting first, Bryant second, and I was pulling the pick up truck closer to the site. Suddenly, I saw Jarratt start swatting at his own face, then he pulled a glove off with his teeth, and sprinted away from the tree.

Bryant, too, was waving wildly and whirling away from the wooden ambush. Picture the Tasmanian Devil – not a real one, but the Looney Toons, cartoon version.

It was only funny in hindsight.

The hornets were real and they were real mad. Jarratt was stung on the finger – right through his glove. Bryant was stung on his face. Both were a little hurt that I just rolled up the truck window, avoiding injury altogether.

Once everyone calmed down, including – especially – the hornets, it came time to decide what to do next.

We tried wasp spray. The hornets laughed.

Next, we poured gasoline on the hornets and the nest. That made them madder.

Then, at the risk of becoming a popular YouTube video that begins with, “Hey Y’all, watch this,” we very carefully lit the gasoline.

We didn’t think it had worked, but after several minutes, a delayed “woomph” took out all the hornets at once without a single hair on us being singed.

That night I dreamt my phone fell to the floor and began to crack. It shattered before my eyes into small shards of glass on the floor. I picked up the pieces and put them in a small box and the pieces of glass caught on fire.

I have had a deep feeling of true peace for years now, but the recent Voice of the Apostles conference took me even deeper and showed me the power that is in true peace.

As I continue reading the Bible, the very next morning after cutting the tree, Joshua 24:12 was in my verses to read: “I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you.”

The NIV notes say that this verse may refer to the reports about Israel that spread panic and fear among the Canaanites in Joshua 2:11, 5:1, and 9:24, allowing the Israelites to conquer the promised land.

The opposite of peace is fear.

Maybe the cell phone in my dream is communication with God and He is telling me that His consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29) has burned away yet another chunk of fear in me, allowing me to more fully experience His love, joy, and peace so that I can better spill over into others.

You can’t remove all the need in the world today but there are lots of ways you can help. Ask God to help you burn your hornet today.

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