Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping things and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
As many of you know I very often use illustrations from nature to try to communicate God’s truth and the things in scripture as the Holy Spirit gives me insight. I love walking with God! I love the awareness I have in Him as He opens our eyes to the true reality that is only seen through the lamp of faith.
This summer has been a scorcher and we have been blessed with a small pool in our backyard. In an effort to get my daily dose of exercise I come home and do laps in the pool. We have found lots of different critters in the water and in the filters so we are pretty diligent about checking all of it but still leaves and pine needles and debris just finds its way into the pot so we screen the top and keep on going.
Last week I went out and jumped right in because I was beat and hot and I felt like I had crawled across the desert on a horse with no name? I was doing my usual thing when I decided to pull up near the stairs where I can rest and sit in the cool watching the clouds when I saw a beautiful dragonfly in the fight of its life as wave after wave washed over it. I was moved with compassion and saw a good size leaf within my reach and used it to offer the little guy a life raft. I scooped him up and sat him on the dry concrete and I swear I could see the joy in his eyes as he turned to me and gathered himself. I am using the personal pronoun (he) here because I could feel gratitude in the air. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and I had such joy over this bug?
A few days later I was out in the pool again but this time I saw a hornet in the same struggle but there was nothing to rescue it with without taking the risk of being stung. I actually combed the pool looking for something to help it with and eventually I found a pronged pine needle. I must have spent several minutes trying to rescue the darn thing because my heart has come to appreciate life, even with the creeping things which are not as dispensable as we often think. Finally I got it to the deck and out of danger and almost instantly he took to flight and tried to sting me! Now I understand in its limited capacity I was perceived to be the threat of eminent danger but the reality was that without me, it was a goner!
If ever I saw God’s grace clearer then at that moment I cannot remember when? Two insects both stranded and both doomed without intervention from something or someone so much bigger then their instinct or limitations, someone merciful and patient enough to fight for life even when most would write them off! Simple and yet mind boggling that this creature (me) was rescued by an Almighty God so far outside my frame of reference but I know the waves had all but claimed me head to toe. I am an insect in size and ability and understanding when it comes to God and yet here I am created in His image responding to insects with the same compassion He has for me and all who call upon Him. How like the wasp we are too that When Christ offers the olive branch of peace we turn to sting him in our blind rage and misunderstanding crying out "Crucify him, crucify him!" Disney released a film called, "Its A Bugs Life" and by golly I guess it is? God loves the creeping things and when He rescues us it is called mercy and grace! What we do with it is called joy and gratitude, unless your a wasp?