Did you ever wonder “Why in the world did God create a mosquito???” or “What was He thinking when He decided to add gnats, flies, roaches, tics, fleas, termites, or any other pest you’ve encountered to the list of ‘THING I THINK I’D LIKE TO CREATE TODAY’???” Other than feeding frogs, aardvarks, and armadillos (or “enchiladas” as my niece calls them), what possible purpose could they serve in God’s BIG PICTURE? After years and years of pondering this, seemingly less than life-altering question, I think I may have an answer, and believe it or not, it was life-altering to me.
We’ve heard and said over and over again that “This world is not our home.” We’ve also heard and quoted verses like “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”(Colossians 3:2), and also “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal./For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21) Though I may be wrong, I’ve come to the conclusion that the mosquitoes causing us grief, flies disrupting our meals, gnats invading our picnics, termites eating our homes, tics tormenting our pets, fleas biting our ankles, ants in the sugar bowl, weevils in the flour, roaches just totally grossing us out, are some of the ways God set up as reminders that “THIS WORLD IS NOT YOUR HOME, so DON’T get too comfortable.” And uses them to tells us, “Remember why I saved you and left you there, rather than bringing you straight home to be with ME. Go be about MY business as long as I leave you there, because as long as you’re still breathing you still have a mission and a purpose there on earth.”
So now, every time you’re bitten, bothered, or simply grossed out by the pests that surround us in THIS world, think, “What do I need to be doing to reach people for the NEXT WORLD?”
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