Looking up at the ceiling of our pantry, I groaned. "Where are they coming from?"
Flicking on the vacuum cleaner, I held the extended attachment in one hand while balancing on a step stool. If I tiptoed, I could reach the top of our 10-foot ceiling, where the tiny brown bugs aggravatingly clung.
Frantic, I regularly vacuumed the little pests which debuted in our breakfast cereal weeks earlier. Yet they stubbornly refused to leave. With all my recent travels, my neglected pantry transformed from storing food to hosting a convention for wayward weevils.
And I was forced to take drastic action.
In spite of the soaring price of food, I had no choice but to throw away two huge, black yard-type garbage bags of otherwise perfectly good cereal, cookies, flour, crackers, chips. Good that is, if you don't mind extra protein in the form of insects.
But the worse was yet to come. I found a "nest" of the little buggers on the bottom of our pantry floor, underneath a stack of neatly folded paper grocery bags. I nearly gagged. No matter how much I vacuumed the ceiling, more bugs simply were waiting to crawl up and take their place. Once I found and removed the source, I knew our pantry would be clean again.
After a quick trip to Wally World for containers and fresh, bug-free food items, vacuuming until my back ached and scouring every living inch, my pantry looked neat and tidy. But it was a battle, and an expensive endeavor.
Isn't that how our lives are? We think we are making progress in an area, such as attitudes, because we diligently whisk away any evidence that materializes. Yet lurking underneath hides the culprit, the source - our own hearts - that only the Lord can deal with, clean up, and make as good as new.
I'm thankful that my pantry is now bug free, and our hidden infestation is officially over. I'm also thankful that the Lord is able to go straight to the source of the hidden 'Ewwww' deep in my heart, removing it once and for all. He then fills it with His love. Best of all, He paid the entire price for me.
Thanks, God, for a clean, full pantry. And a clean, full heart.