My son is obsessed with banana pancakes. Obsessed. As in my child who has all the restraint in the world suddenly turns into a glutton in the throes of a food eating frenzy, consuming anywhere from six to thirteen of them in one sitting, along with healthy portions of bacon, sausage, and eggs. I have no idea how his stomach expands to hold that amount of food, but somehow it does – or else Hollow Leg Syndrome is real medical condition.
My toddler is equally obsessed with bananas. Not the pancakes, just the bananas themselves. Therefore, we run into issues when we are low bananas, and the threenager demands to eat them and the tween has grand plans to use them to make pancakes to share with his family. (Spending time with his family is one of the few he loves more than those potassium-packed brunchtime delights.)
Recently, my son attempted to circumvent the issue by hiding the bananas he needed from his sister. He cleverly stuck them in the cupboard, out of sight and out of mind, leaving them hidden in the darkness, to prevent her from gobbling up his beloved ingredients. Only a friend called before he got started and invited him to stay over, which distracted him from his work… He left without telling us they were in there and when he returned, they remained tucked away, completely forgotten for over a week.
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” – Ephesians 5:11
Imagine my surprise when I opened that rarely used cupboard door a week later and a biblical plague of fruit flies swarmed my head and face. Not just a swarm. A plague. They were everywhere. To make matters worse, the next day we found out he forgot to clean out a pocket of his soccer bag at the end of the season – the pocket with the fruit he’d packed as a snack for his last game. The month before. Now our basement was infested, too. His dad and I were not happy. It took a lot of time, effort, and energy from our whole family to get rid of those pesky critters.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5 NIV
My point is, we had to bring the rotten fruit, a.k.a. the hidden issues, out into the light and deal with them with swift, intense focus. We had to call on those with more knowledge than us – in this case, bloggers who shared gnat hacks – and pour our resources, creativity, and energy into eradicating every pesky part in its entirety.
Fortunately, since God is working all things for our good, we learned some great lessons from this:
- That which you don’t address right away will come back to haunt you, potentially negatively impacting other people in your life.
- These same issues can multiply exponentially and are much more challenging to handle when you neglect them – sometimes creating brand new problems.
- Hiding things, regardless of your intentions, can have unintended consequences and end in disaster.
- Something beneficial and enjoyable can transform into something black and rotten when we don’t steward it well.
It made me wonder, how many other issues in our lives are like that, festering and growing in the dark, neglected and hidden from everyone else’s sight? Perhaps stuffed away with the best of intentions, or a sincere goal of dealing with them later? Waiting for the light of God’s wisdom, knowledge, forgiveness, and love to shine on them, bring them out of the darkness and heal them permanently?
My question is this: What are your bananas? Have you hidden anything in your life, waiting to deal with it later, regardless of the reason? You might not even realize you’ve done it. Ask God to show you your hidden bananas and help you deal with and heal them today!
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