by Macy Johnson“They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion
when it strikes a man.”
(Revelation 9:5 NIV)
On our way to church one drizzly Palm Sunday morning, my sister Sandy and I noticed a wasp emerging from the vent below the windshield.
We looked at each other and agreed to ignore it until we pulled into the church parking lot. Unwilling to wait, the wasp eased closer and stared at me from the dashboard’s edge. I took a chance, eased up on the accelerator, and opened the driver’s-side window. Out it flew!
A few days later a wasp landed on my desk. I followed its flight to the iron banister at my loft office/studio’s edge and stealthily retrieved a battery-operated fly-swatter. Zap!! He was stunned. More zaps, he was lifeless.
Why, you might ask, do we have pests, creatures that “bug” us? I asked God to reveal the good He created in “bad” wasps. My spirit sensed His suggestion to “Google it.”
Wasps, I learned, are extremely beneficial insects, a necessary part of our ecosystem’s delicate balance. They protect plant and vegetable life by controlling populations of harmful insects such as aphids, flies and caterpillars. Wasps are fiercely territorial. With one sting, chemical signals are released into the victim, beckoning others to join in the attack.
God created the universe to perfectly reflect His glory. He has given us rules for co-existing with dangerous creatures, like the scorpion and wasp.
I will watch out for dangers that surround me today, strive to submit to God’s set of laws for living, and appreciate His protecting love. I hope you will, too!
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