Walls of Home Ooze Honey

Imagine purchasing a new home, moving in, getting things settled and then discovering that brown goo is oozing out from your walls. According to KUSA TV in Denver, this is exactly what happened to Northglen, Colorado homeowner, Debbie Hill. When she saw the stuff coming out of her walls, she called a repairman. He discovered what she suspected: the walls were seeping honey, but not just any honey, and according to Ms. Hill, the best honey she has ever tasted in her life!

The repairman reported that there were at least 50-60 thousand bees in the colony within the walls. When the cool temperatures passed and the summer heat came on, it all started to melt and pour out. It’s going to take a lot of time and effort to clean it up.

When I read this story I couldn’t help but ask myself: when life gets hot, when problems arise, when situations come at me that aren’t what I expect or want, what oozes out of me? Honestly, sometimes it’s good stuff; sometimes it’s not. Sometimes patience and mercy and love bubble up; other times, selfishness and anger. I suspect that your experience is similar.

So, what do we do about it? We nurture our inner souls.

Jesus says, A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart (Luke 6:43-45, NLT).

I find that my heart is most likely to produce good fruit, good words, and good deeds when I utilize the means of grace. John Wesley defines the “means of grace” as “outward signs, words, or actions, ordained of God, and appointed for this end, to be the ordinary channels whereby he might convey to men, preventing, justifying, or sanctifying grace.”1 Wesley identifies three primary “means of grace” which God has given to us: prayer (private or public), Scripture (reading or listening), and the Lord’s Supper, understanding that each of these activities are provided by God for both private and public settings and that ultimately that these gifts are only means of grace because Christ is in them.

Ultimately, it is the grace of God in our lives that causes good tasting stuff to come out of us. Are we nurturing and utilizing the means God has given us to experience and to be changed by His grace?

What’s oozing out of us?

 

1 The Works of John Wesley, 3rd ed., vol. 5, First Series of Sermons (1-39), Sermon 16, II.1, Means of Grace (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2007), 187.