Recently we have been getting a lesson on the plagues in Egypt in our household….
It all started with rodents. Several months back we noticed some evidence of rodent activity in our house and determined that we had a mouse. We put out traps to no avail. We then called our pest control service that brought bait traps and glue traps. One Saturday when Bella and I were home alone, we heard the “mouse” trying to get into the bait trap under the kitchen sink. It was banging the trap around because it was TOO BIG TO GET IN IT. So…we set another trap for it consisting of glue traps laid flat and dog food. We ended up catching us a 6 inch long (not including tail) RAT! After running it over with the car to kill it – another story I won’t go into now – we were rat free…or so we thought. We have killed 3 more since then.
On to the next plague…
A few days after we killed the last rat with rat poison, we smelled a funky smell in the laundry room. We were of course worried that there was a dead rat in the wall. But after a day it quit smelling bad so we quit thinking about it. All was forgotten until about a week or so later, when Bella called me at work and asked me why someone had spilled rice all over the hall floor and left it there. Upon closer inspection we found that this was not rice but now we had maggots spilling out on the floor from a hole behind the water heater. WHAT???? Apparently we had another rat who died in the wall (remember the funky smell). So we were now raising a nice batch of maggots. My dear hubby decided to put salt on them to kill them (it works for snails right?). However, salt doesn’t dissolve maggots, it just makes them wiggle and move faster. We swept the maggots up and threw them in the outside trashcan.
On to the next plague…
Now we come to this week. Tuesday morning there was this big, black fly annoying me while I was trying to get ready for work. No big deal, but really annoying. Then I came home from work on Tuesday evening and discovered that we are now living in the Amityville Horror house. There are now a bunch of big, black flies everywhere. Oh how sweet…apparently our little baby maggots are all grown up. There must have been more in the wall we didn’t get out. Thankfully the buggers are really slow so they are pretty easy to kill. But there are hundreds of them….everywhere. Pretty bad except it was hilarious to watch Bud try to kill three in a narrow hall using his “automatic weapon” fly swatting technique this morning. The good news is flies only have a 24-48 hour life span right?
Third plague…black flies.
On to the next plague….I sure hope not. Anyone who knows how I feel about grasshoppers knows I won’t survive a locust plague.
So…what is God trying to teach us through all of this? Romans 8:18 says “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” OK, maybe pests in your house aren’t really suffering when you compare them to the many bad things out there. But when you live with them, they are bad enough.
Each day then, I will look to God and glorify Him that He is using these “minor annoyances” to sanctify me each day. And I will thank Him for them. And pray…please God…no grasshoppers…please…