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Persistent Pests


Oh no, not again!?!  Red ants all over the kitchen counter again this morning.  Yes,I know—I’d left a pan soaking in the sink. And yesterday Ron waged another battle with the bukbok (wood borers) that infest the kitchen cupboard as well as the piano and a few other things.  We inject more kerosene into the bukbok holes, scribble poison chalk on the ant trails, fill gaps with sealant and glue and occasionally (if all else fails) a quick squirt of insecticide which I react to.  But before long they’re back again—doing more damage, making a nuisance of themselves.

I have joked that they’re like the Enemy of our souls, never giving up, always plaguing us, finding new ways to get at us, destroying and damaging.  But it’s not really a joke. Even if I may think I have them licked, my pride, worry, laziness and critical spirit keep popping out in new ways.  Oh, woe is me!  When will ever be done battling these? 

Someday I may live in a different place without red ants and bukbok, but there may be other pests and problems to plague me.  I do know Jesus promised that in heaven there will be no destructive moths, rust or thieves!  And there I will no longer battle the sinful nature in me that distrusts, disobeys and distresses.

I praise You, Father, that Your power is greater.  Please seal those holes with Your presence, Your grace, Your greatness and holiness.  Keep me vigilant; don’t let my guard slip and give the Enemy a foothold.

Up the Laundry Wall

What do you do with a dead cockroach?  I mean these biggies that are 1 1/2 inches long.  Well, it’s not a problem if our ant clean-up crew gets to them first.  Yesterday when I went to hang the laundry, I was captivated by the team efforts of small ants who had already hauled a cockroach carcass several inches up the 6-foot-plus wall.  Some were holding onto the legs, pulling.  Others were holding onto their companions, forming chains.  Others were running around, either “cheerleading” or not knowing what to do!  (Here’s a photo I took on a similar occasion.)

Ants carrying cockroach, cropped

During the few minutes that I hung that load of clothes out, the efforts apparently failed, and the whole shebang ended up back down at the bottom of the wall.  But as I looked again, they had made several inches of progress.  By the time we left for work an hour later, I went back to see what was happening.  Nothing!  All gone!  Apparently their persistence had paid off.  I would have loved to see that great heave-ho as they made it over the top.

How many tries did it take?  Did they ever think of giving up? 

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and become wise!   Proverbs 6:6 (NLT)

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