by Macy Johnson
“I will prevent pests from devouring
and the vines in your fields will not
cast their fruit.”
(Malachi 3:11 NIV)
morning walk, my husband called me over to a tree in our garden. A large rat
snake had climbed into a bluebird house to keep warm on that chilly October
morning. We are quite fond of George – he helps to keep the rodent population
on our property under control.
the armadillo trap again. Armadillos have not been as destructive this year,
since my husband put more barriers along the potential digging areas, but one
is now seeking grubs near our house. The evidence clearly points to potential
damage to the house’s foundation.
squirrel population has increased lately. Our neighbor claims he is waiting
until all the foliage falls off the trees before he starts eradicating the
“tree rats.” I couldn’t wait to get a pellet rifle and begin the removal ritual
sooner. The first day I hit three squirrels and missed three. Not a bad record
from Publix one afternoon a beautiful gray fox darted across the road in front
of my car. A raccoon crisscrossed a few feet from my car after choir one
evening. I have seen many deer lately, too. God’s creation revealed in critters
is everywhere I look. We share this planet with many stunning species.
always be with us. Malachi told us about them, warning of their innate
destructive ability if we do not give God all that He is due. Unwanted critters
eat our crops, chew on equipment cables, dig in our yards, and even crawl on overhead
power transformers to cause outages!
I will be
diligent in protecting the property that God lets me enjoy for His glory. I
hope you will, too!