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I’m not really much of a television watcher, like a lot of people nowadays I get my news from the web, and my entertainment too. So, it’s a pretty unusual thing for me to regularly watch a show. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I regularly tuned into something on TV. But, that has changed a little just recently.

Lately, I’ve found myself channel surfing a little more and seem to land pretty squarely on A&E which, if I remember correctly, used to be all about arts and entertainment and has somehow morphed into more reality entertainment than anything else.

The first show I really took to on the network was Storage Wars, which follows individuals as they bid for largely unseen storage lockers in an attempt to find something worthwhile in them that they can then resell and make a living off of. The show is even more fascinating to me because I actually knew people who more than 20 years ago were doing the very same thing and making a great income.  It just amazes me that they’ve made a TV show out of it and the show is pretty popular too.

Then along came Billy the Exterminator, another A&E show that I must admit fascinates me. The basic premise is a family owned pest control/extermination business in Louisiana, in which two 40-something sons who work for the business look like displaced rockers. They go out to their jobs decked out with black leather and spikes to jobs that no one else in the area will even touch, like wrangling alligators and snakes, along with relocating bees, raccoons and other critters who’ve have run awry of civilization. You get the picture.

What makes it even more compelling is when these guys open their mouths they sound like they have advanced degrees in entomology and animal behavior, which flies in the face of the stereotype of what they look like. And, even though at times you can see the show is scripted like all reality shows, they seem to be all about relocating animals when they can and not being harmful to the environment.

So, I’m watching this show and they get called out to get rid of a roach problem at a local animal hospital (be warned this show isn’t for the squeamish, there are a lot of roaches, maggots, wasps and more), and lo and behold, as they’re getting rid what looks like a truckload of roaches, they move a refrigerator and there’s a pretty tame raccoon curled up in the bottom of it right near the motor. Apparently it was looking for a safe, warm spot to get out-of-the-way, and found one hidden away in the back of the refrigerator.

But, they weren’t there to take care of a raccoon, they were there to get rid of roaches. They were to take care of one issue, but ended up taking care of two.

This got me thinking about the times in our lives when the LORD starts to point out things we need to look at and take care of. Many times He’s working an issue out of us, so we can see it, then take it to Him so He can heal it and the whole time we’re looking for one thing, something disgusting like roaches, which are there, but at the same time we find something unexpected like a hidden raccoon who’s tame and calm, and actually pretty cute.

We’re looking for the horrible and find something else that’s surprisingly appealing. This go me thinking that sometimes the LORD not only wants to heal of us things that have wounded us, but He wants us to see the good things that we may have hidden away that we associate with those hurts. Because true healing comes when we can see the hurtful and the wonderful in our pasts, allowing Him to heal the one and taking His courage to see and cherish the other.

“The hidden things belong to the LORD our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.”

Deuteronomy 29:29

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