It’s an invasion and I knew it was coming.
About three weeks ago, one lone pioneer ant bravely marched across my kitchen counter. I squashed him, even though I knew it wouldn’t do any good. He was a scout, a forerunner of things to come. His presence there meant many more ants were on their way . . . soon.
Slowly, they’ve arrived. An ant on the windowsill. Another on the computer desk. My baby giggled and waved at an ant adventuring across the bathroom floor. Then several more trekked across the kitchen counters.
Last night, the official invasion party arrived. Now there is a steady stream of ants climbing on, of all things, my beloved books. They’ve created their own ant superhighway, running up and down my bookshelf in regular battle formation.
As I weeded and turned over rocks in my garden last week, I discovered their mega-city. It’s located in the entirety of the garden beds around the perimeter of my home and its capital is the dead tree stump in my front yard. They’ve taken over my gardens completely.
These ants are the pesky annoyances of my every spring and summer. They make my skin creep and crawl and they are my obsession as I battle over dominion with them year after year.
But, what if my life were invaded in this same way not by a pest or bother, but by God Himself? What if every rock you overturned in my life revealed God? What if every room you entered in my heart showed His presence?
When the angel announced to Mary that she would conceive a son, the Savior of the world, he promised: “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Luke 1:35).
In her study Jesus: The One and Only, Beth Moore notes that the translation for “come upon you” is “arrive, invade, rest upon, and operate in a person.”
Oh, if only God would do this in us—arrive in us, invade us, rest upon us and operate in our lives!
The group Watermark sang a song called “Invade” that said:
Come, come in
Invade all You see of us
Any man, who’d walk Your road is welcomed here
And You’re the only one
Jesus, come and walk the halls of this house
Tread this place and turn it inside out
With Your mercy…
Jesus, teach us the prayers that open these doors
Until Your light floods in and illuminates these floors
And let Your truth be on our steps and in these rooms
Reach, reach in
With the hand that heals all our suffering
Conquer all that is not of You
Bring Your spirit through
As we fill these walls with Your praise
It’s time to pray for an invasion, asking that the Holy Spirit take over our lives. Let Him conquer everything that is not of God and fill us completely with God’s presence and all that brings Him praise.
More Devotions From My Garden:
- Breaking Ground
- Tomato Plant Prayers
- May the God of Hope
- The Storms May Come
- Soil Samples
- Peppermint In The Spring
- Be An Original
- Underneath the Dirt
- Whatever It Takes
- Season of Prayer
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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