The other day one of our friends was sharing a jester her husband and kids had made. They put together a lovely glass vase filled with lovingly collected acorns and a candle set in it. Not only was it a sweet gift but also a beautiful fall décor idea.
It brought back memories of a time I too decorated with acorns collected from my yard. I shared a word of warning with her.
One year I thought I was not only clever but also frugal in my festive fall décor idea. I collected beautiful leaves and handfuls of acorns and, along with a few gourds and small pumpkins, scattered them around my home on bookshelves and the mantle. It was inexpensive and pretty…that was until one morning as I surveyed my domestic domain while enjoying a cup of coffee I noticed little white worms inching across my mantle and wiggling out of the acorns.
Yes, it seems that these innocent worms were the larvae of something that NORMALLY would stay safe and snug in the confines of the acorn until Spring…but by placing them in my toasty home they thought it was time to come out…not sure which of us was more surprised by their early emergence.
This was not the first time I managed to fool Mother Nature. Seems one year we accidentally brought a praying mantis egg sac into the house along with our live Christmas tree. Thankfully, it was not until after Christmas morning that the THOUSANDS of miniature praying mantises prematurely made their way into the world. I was sitting on our sofa near the tree and noticed movement toward the back of the tree. A closer look revealed a multitude of tiny praying mantises crawling all over the tree. They even had formed a bridge of bodies from the tree to my lace curtains and were walking up and down my windowsill. The warmth of the house had convinced them it was Spring I guess. Needless to say my husband and I set a new record for un-decorating a tree and placing it on the curb.
The lesson here…besides bake acorns before decorating with them and check trees for egg cases…is that sometimes change brings out things that are normally dormant. When things heat up we too sometimes find things hidden in our heart emerging…What emerges depends greatly on what we have filled ourselves with…
Psalm 119:11 Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.
Galatians 5:22-23 But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Today we pray, Lord let us be “worm” free!