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Spider Spewing

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted November 13, 2013

RELIGION – We roll in a 2002 Toyota mini-van. It is custom, lacks door handles for the rear sliding doors. They broke off and we liked the look (actually it is more a mix of laziness and frugality on my part for the door handles not being fixed.) Anyways, we have discussed getting something newer. However, I am glad for my wife’s sake that we have not. She only has one kryptonite in the world, spiders. Go ahead and try to be cute and put a grand daddy long leg on her, see what happens. That preacher’s wife will come at you like a tornado full of razor blades and toenails.
I read this week in World Magazine “That many Toyota owners may get a recall notice soon, but they may not want to know why. Spider infestations have caused carmaker Toyota to recall 870,000 late-model Camrys, Venzas, and Avalons. Toyota executives say air-conditioning drainage tubes in each of the three models have become a prime biome for tiny spiders to set up shop. According to company officials, infesting spiders that build webs inside the small tube could cause a blockage that in turn would force water to drip elsewhere in the car—the airbag control module, for instance. The company has been dealing with complaints of spontaneously firing airbags, and subsequent investigation has fingered spiders as the culprit.”

Just imagine: after a rainstorm you stop at the red light, the air bag randomly blows up in your face and baby spiders start spewing out of air conditioner vents! My wife just leapt in my arms after reading that line, this might be my best article yet! But for Toyota, this little mistake and these little spiders are having large and scary repercussions. My wife just said “Amen!”

King Solomon knows this as he writes in the book Song of Songs 2:15 “Catch the foxes for us— the little foxes that ruin the vineyards—for our vineyards are in bloom.” In biblical times, people who owned vineyards had to be careful about pests like foxes that would come into their gardens and ruin their produce. If a person didn’t put the proper defense around the vineyard, they could lose much financially. These pests were smart and you had to stay alert to them and their tricks.
Understand that in this passage, Solomon is telling us to eliminate the little pests that get in and ruin the vineyard. Here, the direct application is marriage, but the principal holds true to all other areas of life. The application is that you must be aware of the things that can be damaging to your life. What are those little things that can sneak into your life and cause damage? Is it stretching the truth, gossiping, complaining, coveting, or bitterness? Is it finances, sexual impurity, your speech, your priorities, your lack of love for God, your slack involvement with church? Most of us are aware, at least somewhat, of the things in our life that trip us up or cause us to stumble. Solomon is warning us to take care of it now, before we suffer great lose.
I also recommend daily following the practice of David in Psalm 139:23-24 “ Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. (24) See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.” You heart will hide and conceal sin (Jer 17:9), so ask God for help to expose who you truly are so that you may become who God truly wants you to be.
Furthermore, this work of protecting yourself from little things never stops. If you’ve ever dealt with any type of pest invading your home or land, you know that they adapt. Once you set up one defense, they learn how to get in another way. The same is true with your life. You will never be done with the trials and temptations associated with seeking to live for God. You will always have new challenges once you have dealt with the former ones.
But the beauty of the Christian life is that you never have to face them alone. You have Jesus, you should have Christian friends to love and pray for you, and you should have a church to support you. So today, take some time and look for the little foxes that stand to ruin you. Also, if you own a 2012 or 2013 Camry, Venza or Avalon, please go to the dealership before the air bag blows up in your face and your car spews spider all over you! (My wife just jumped back into my arms again!)

Pastor Phillip


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