SYDNEY AUSTRALIA– Rain-battered residents in northeastern Australia were on alert Wednesday for snakes in their bathrooms and crocodiles in the road following repeated storms that have sent local wildlife in search of dry land or a safe haven.
Can you imagine finding a crocodile in the road? Or what if you kept the lights on to sleep at night because you were worried that you might wake up to a snake in your room. I don't want to live wondering what will be invading my home.....or my heart, let me explain.
You know, I consider myself a "glass half full" kind of girl. BUT lately, I have been wallowing in self pity. If you have ever wallowed before then you know how it works. First you just start to pout....poor me. Then you start to throw your arms around a little (like those kids you see in the grocery store having a fit)...it's not fair. Suddenly the kicking starts which makes it all feel worse until you find yourself in a full wallow....just thrusting around indiscriminately all the while looking like a total dimwit to everyone around you. Do you want to know what I found when I googled the phrase "wallowing in self pity"? Of course, you do......
Pity for oneself; especially exaggerated or self-indulgent pity where you believe that you are the victim who has done no wrong and is deserving of condolence from everyone. "Self-pity" is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality"
OUCH....and so true!
Proverbs 25:28 says, "Like a city whose walls are broken down, is a man who lacks self-control."
You know the "city walls" are down in Autralia. There are snakes and crocodiles invading their homes and their streets. I must tell you that as bad as that story sounds to me, I am allowing some invasions in my life, too. My lack of self-control is making me very vulnerable and while I am pouting and kicking around I am leaving down my "city walls". When I allow my walls to be broken then I have no protection and the enemy has an open door. And let me tell you, he will come on in and bring with him some luggage filled with a little gossip, a few lies, discouragement, and a lot of fear.
Today I prayed against invasion and for protection of homes and hearts. For the safety of the residents of Sydney and also that God will help me to overcome my self pity & lack of self-control which is breaking down my city walls. I thanked him for revealing the truth of what self pity really is. If you are wallowing then I pray that this will pierce your heart as well 'cause nobody really wants to watch you kicking around and pouting.