Monday, August 28, 2006

God Loves Bugs

OK. This is just for fun. But, as I was preaching yesterday morning, God placed a thought into my head. After He created everything He said it was good (or excellent). Even the bugs!

The other night we had a Student Leadership Development meeting at our house and it was around 10:30pm and time to end. One of the girls was getting picked up by her mom and was going out the door. When she took a step out, a humongous flying beetle immediately swarmed around her head in the entranceway. She started screaming!

In her panic she wasn't sure to go all the way out or come back in and she left the door open. I knew Mrs. JimmyBob was going to get nervous, so I shouted, "Shut the door before that thing gets in..." Too late. It flew in and started a twisting flight around our kitchen, making some unnerving clicking and chattering sounds.

I immediately went into crazed ninja mode and grabbed the fly swatter. My voice changed and something took over me. Suddenly, I realized what God meant when he told Adam to have dominion and mastery over the Creatures. I swung several times until I nailed him and knocked him to the ground. It took a couple more swings until he quit making noise.

That thing was ugly. How could God say it was excellent?

I think of a friend who once stopped me from squishing a spider. He had an appreciation for all of God's creation. He gently guided it outdoors. I thought, "He's nuts. That thing is just going to come back in here eventually." He would just do the same again if it did.

Now, I think of these pictures I received from a fellow worker of mine...

This is from a brown recluse spider bite. That little dude at the top of this post. Nasty stuff, huh?

When God finished making that spider, He said it was excellent. There's going to be alot of talk about this stuff in Heaven. But, until then, we're just gonna have to learn to appreciate creation a little better.

I wonder if the spider bite wasn't venomous until after the Flood?


Mark said...

Do you suppose the spider wasn't venomous until after the flood, or did they just not bite until then?

Those are some amazing pictures - what happened to the thumb, long term?

ruthrap said...

That is one scary picture and i have heard some horror stories about these type of spiders!!!would give anyone arachnaphobia!!! BTW, your wife is a very pretty lady!

JimmyBob said...

mark, good questions. I really don't know. I don't think the animals were carnivorous until after the flood. I mean, people were all vegetarians. Noah didn't take extra animals as food for the lions, etc.

ruthrap, thanks for the compliment about my wife. A professor in college once said, "She's good for you." In other words, "You're not much to look at, but she is." Ha, ha. I am a lucky man.

JimmyBob said...

Oct 8, 2004

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A 5-year-old boy's death was the result of a bite by a poisonous brown recluse spider, the state medical examiner ruled.

Nicholas Robinson was bitten while playing outside his home about 70 miles south of Nashville on July 29.

The child was taken to a doctor, who determined he was suffering from a virus rather than a bite. However, that night the child was rushed to a hospital, where his symptoms included hypersalivation, sweating and neurological problems before he died, according to the medical examiner's report, completed Thursday.

"In about the last 30 or 40 years, I was only able to find about six deaths related to bites proving to be from a brown recluse spider," said Dr. Bruce Levy, the medical examiner.

The brown recluse is one of two common spiders in the United States _ the other is the black widow _ that are considered poisonous, the National Institutes of Health said. The bite can cause a rash, swelling and flu-like symptoms and in rare cases, kidney failure, seizures and coma.

The spider is most common in the South and central United States.

It was a couple of years ago that I saw my very first black widow. It was living under a plastic table I had on my front patio. There it was, hanging in a thick white web, belly up. The red hourglass standing out like a tattoo. I knocked it down and stepped on it. Then, I ran into the house, called, and signed up for a pest control service.