A couple of summers ago, I noticed some red dust on the windowsill. Puzzled, I cleaned it off, but it had reappeared a day or two later. I took a closer look, and it was moving! Tiny red mites, that had found their way through the cracks in the window sill. And they kept coming back. in their droves. Until I hit on the idea of sticking sellotape right across all the cracks. Ha! That foiled them! Job done. Except that sellotape rots and gets yucky round the edges after a while. When the room was decorated, the guy did the job properly, and sealed the sills over before painting them. now they look lovely, and the mites don’t stand a chance.
The instruction to paint the door frames of their houses with the blood of their chosen Passover lamb in Exodus 12:21-23 worked a bit like that. It made a seal to keep out the destroyer. Actually, it was when the Lord saw the blood that the protection was applied, and he would not permit the destroyer to enter a house that had been thus painted.
Looking back from our New Testament perspective, we can see this as a picture of the sacrifice of Jesus as our Passover Lamb; how his blood covers and protects us. When we choose to enter into his house, relationship with him, we can know we are in a safe place. His death on the cross bought us life, and we no longer need to live in fear. While we still may have to endure difficulties, we know that nothing can separate us from his love.
The mites don’t give up of course, and neither does the destroyer. Often it’s the small things, little worries and insecurities, that sneak up on us, to try and nibble away at our peace. Especially when you get a lot of issues all going on at once. Then there’s the bigger things of illness, finances, relationship problems… which can be so destructive, and it’s hard to keep trusting that God is truly on our side.
Take hold. In faith, remember the shed blood of Jesus. Ask God to cover you afresh. Ask him to cover your home. Act it out if you find that helpful. Jesus died that you might have life, and life in abundance. Don’t let anything, even the little things, rob you of it.