Isaiah 51:1  ”Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.”  ESV

 I asked the clerk, “You got anything for keeping varmints out from underneath my screened-in porch?  Like some lattice?”
 “Opossums can get through anything they can stick their heads through, so lattice probably won’t work, and if you use wire mesh, you need to bury it four inches.”
“Is there a simpler solution?” “Yep.  Buy a four-dollar box of mothballs.  No varmint will come within a hundred feet of your porch.”
That’s what I did.  I put mothballs under the porch, in a container that is environmentally safe, and keeps critters from ingesting them.
Does it keep the critters out?  You bet.  But it keeps humans out too.  Have you ever smelled a bag of mothballs?
That screened in porch is my place to connect with God, people, and the great outdoors without getting eaten up by mosquito’s, and it has a nice breeze.  I waited twenty years for that porch, and was using it every single day.  I started noticing that when I would normally go out for a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate, my body would say, “Nope, it stinks out there.”
Remembering the why we do, what we do of life, is critical to how we evaluate, enjoy, and make decisions.  Communion with God is one form of remembering to gain strength, remembering the sacrifice he gave to completely cover and cleanse away all our sin.  Gratitude is one of the most powerful forces in gaining traction spiritually.  Why?  It’s the power of remembering.  The spiritual mothballs are the obstacles of communing and connecting with God.  Those obstacles may seem huge, but when you remember God’s power, love, and wisdom, they shrink pretty quick, and ‘the how’, to overcoming, comes naturally.