In the neighborhood where I live, I have a very unpleasant neighbor, Mr. Meany, who likes to cause trouble. He picks the fruit from my trees, chops down my shade trees, and mows down my flowers.
He dumps trash in my yard, reads my mail, steals my packages from the delivery man, tries to tell me all the neighborhood gossip about my friends, and does his darnedest to make me mad.
Repeatedly, he tries to destroy my identity and wipe out my bank account. He even throws rocks in my way to make me stumble.
Prowling around the premises, he tries to steal all that belongs to me by attempting to sneak in the windows and get his foot in the door.
However, I’ve put an alarm system on all the doors and windows and I make sure to peak through the peephole in the door when he knocks, but I never answer the door or let him in.
But he keeps on knocking.
He likes my house and wants to live here, but I’m under a lease contract for a single dweller. He can’t have it and he certainly isn’t going to move in with me! But he still continues to try to take it away from me.
It’s a comfortable old house, though it’s not the most beautiful on the block nor is it the biggest. The landlord was very generous in his lease, so I appreciate what I have.
However, it also needs a remodeling job with a few structural changes necessary. A few of its rooms have become dusty and overcrowded with junk; some of it needs to be put out with the trash. Some rooms are in a constant state of upheaval or rearranging.
The windows have become a little foggy, and they’re not as easy to see out of as before. Some of the shingles are falling off the roof, and some of the fence pickets are missing.
A few of the hinges have become a little rusty and don’t work as well as they used to, but the landlord I lease from said he would make all the necessary repairs. I know he will, for he is a man of his word. However, I have to wait for his timing, so I’m just patiently waiting my turn.
I thought it might be time to move, but he says I can stay a while longer, if I do some of the maintenance work. I do look forward to moving, though, because I’ve had my eye on a perfect, little cottage.
I’d really like to move there some day; there’s no traffic, no noise, the air is clean, great neighbors, and no more Mr. Meany! I’ve called ahead to see if it was ready but they tell me they’re still working on it.
Well, I guess I can wait a little longer. Besides, I’m not really finished renovating this one!
~~ This is an old piece I dusted off from the ancient archives and revamped it. I hope you know it was all tongue-in-cheek and about our body and life and the Enemy who tries to destroy us.
“Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. Do so in the knowledge that your fellow believers are enduring the same suffering throughout the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, the one who called you into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will himself restore, empower, strengthen, and establish you. To him be power forever and always. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:8-11 CEB)
May all the enemy’s bite-marks only leave superficial scars and may you wear them as badges of his defeat…Lynn