A couple years ago, I was mowing the yard and unknowingly got too close to a wasp nest. You can probably guess what happened next. One of those pesky guys flew right at me and stung me on the forearm. I ran off as fast as I could and created quite the scene in the process. As my arm started to swell I headed off to Lowes, bought some wasp repellant, and took care of the issue.
The rest of the summer, whenever I mowed, I was constantly looking around and over my shoulder for any signs of wasps. I was cautious, watchful, and there was no way I was going to let one of those guys sting me again. And, you know what, I didn’t get stung anymore that year.
Now fast forward to just a few weeks ago. It was the beginning of spring and I was mowing again after the glorious break of the winter months. This time, however, I was no longer being watchful. I wasn’t on the lookout and wasn’t even thinking about the possibility of getting stung.
Suddenly, without warning, I felt the terribly familiar sting, this time on my leg. Without realizing it, I had mowed right alongside a wasp’s nest and I was now being chased by a couple pesky wasps. I ran towards the house as fast as my legs would take me, grabbed an ice pack, and started icing my new sting bite.
As I sat there icing my leg, I was pondering how I had let those wasps get the best of me again. And then I realized, I had just plainly forgotten the first sting.
Forgetting the sting is very easy for us to do. I think that’s why all throughout Scripture we are encouraged to remember. Remember Jesus. Remember what He has rescued you from. Remember His gracious redeeming work to deliver us from the sting of sin.
Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Deuteronomy 4:9
Have you been stung? Maybe it’s the stinging consequences of sin. We’d be wise to not forget the pain of that sting. But, we must also remember the One who has given us victory over the sting!
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57