Spidey in the Ears

No, this is not about Spiderman 3. It’s not about that creepy movie, Eight-legged Freaks either.

Nine-year-old Jesse Courtney kept on hearing faint popping sounds in his left ear. “Like Rice Krispies,” as he described it to Yahoo! News. Then, it became painful.

The ear doctor saw there’s something in his ear. So he flushed it. Out came (believe it or not) a dead spider! Then he flushed it some more. Another spider came out—still alive! Both spiders, about the size of a pencil eraser, squatted in his ear.

“They were walking on my eardrums,” the fourth grader exclaimed.

Yahoo! News went on to say that Jesse kept the spiders (now both dead) as souvenir and showed it in school. Even his mom took it to work to show it to her friends. Talk about show and tell!

Now, what’s worse than having spiders in your ears? James wrote, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” (1:21, NIV) In the Greek, the word “filth” refers to “ear wax.” Sin, like ear wax, keeps us from hearing. It is the reason people find it hard to accept the Word of God. We can’t and won’t humbly accept the Word because we have issues in our lives that we proudly refuse to give up. Yes, there are some boring speakers (I hope I’m not one of them). Of course, some sermons may seem to be not relevant to us. But most of the time it is because of unconfessed sins in our hearts.

Thus, I urge you, before, during and after you listen to the messages, pray. Ask God to show areas in your life that needs cleansing and correcting. The messages are meant not just to educate or entertain but, much more, to edify all of us. Tell God, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.” (1 Samuel 3:10, The Message)

Brethren, is there anything walking on your spiritual eardrums?


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