I wasn’t expecting to see this bug when my hubby and I went out to the garden.
I don’t know what it is, but it wasn’t chewing any of our veggies.
My husband took this picture of it and we left it alone.
A few years ago I would have squished it simply because it looked like a bug that deserved to be squished.
I’m not a big fan of bugs and when my kids were small I went out of my way to kill anything I thought would be a danger to them.
Yet a lesson with a snake taught me to not be quick to decide if something was dangerous.
Our oldest girl was about 8 and saw what she thought was a toy belonging to the neighbor boy.
It was a white and black ringed snake coiled up in the lawn.
She picked it up to avoid the mower.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a toy and didn’t appreciate being picked up by the tail.
Neither my husband nor myself had seen such a snake and we killed it on the spot.
We later learned it was a California King Snake, and a good kind to have since they eat Rattlesnakes.
We learned an important lesson and have always regretted killing the snake.
God has created many things for a purpose and He makes it clear in Genesis that man is to rule over that creation.
I try to take seriously that authority and I am certain God is continuing to teach me how to honor His creation even in the midst of the Fallen state.
If He has a purpose for a bug or a snake He certainly has a purpose for me and every person He creates.
That being said, I can’t always understand the purpose of the things in my life.
I can’t always see how each piece fits together.
I woke up feeling low today because I have a headache which started yesterday.
“How do I get my list done when I feel awful? “
I am in charge of your list.
“But Lord, I don’t want to be sick!”
I will lead you.
Ok. It is enough.
My day hasn’t begun the way I’d like and it probably won’t look like what I had planned, but it belongs to Him and in everything I can praise Him.
Because I don’t know the purpose doesn’t mean that it is lacking.