We know God made all creatures, right? So why not love and bless the roaches?
If I had been brave perhaps I’d have a picture of my blessed roaches here. But, I was too preoccupied doing the “hop around and run from the roaches” dance to snap any photos. Somehow I believe you might be familiar with the same dance steps. Just hang on and go there with me.
These blessed roaches were 30+ strong in number in various sizes ranging from babies to adults; plus they came in a nice variety of black and brown shades…WITH WINGS!!
Are you dancing yet? They are better known as tree/wood roaches. They live and breed in wooded areas and love trees. They thrive in decaying wood.
They are attracted to the light, but they hide in darkness.
So my prayer box was the perfect safe harbor for them to take up residence. Not only was it attached to a tree, but also dark and filled with prayer requests and praises on lots of paper. Some papers even had the sticky note adhesive – must have been like the icing on the cake for a roach!
In the prayer box they were comfortable. Here they were protected. Safe. Sheltered. Secure. And although it may be a stretch, I’d like to believe they were also blessed. I mean it is a prayer box! Blessed roaches? (Sounds like an oxymoron to me!)
But sometimes God may ask us to step out of our comfort zone into the light because He has a different plan for us
While opening the lid, the sound of rustling paper had me quickly hustling with backward steps. What’s hiding in there? A snake? A bird nest? Knocking the prayer box off the tree with my walking stick prompted a frenzy of scattering flying roaches. As they kept trying to escape I kept “dancing” while poking and pounding with my walking stick. Harmless? Yes. Frightened? Yes.
The lesson from the blessed roaches? There are people who carry heavy burdens and hide in darkness. Harmless? Yes. Frightened? Maybe. Some may fly away and scatter when exposed, much like the roaches. Some may try to keep hiding in the dark in avoidance, hoping not to be noticed. We, as Christ followers, should reflect the Light that attracts them, and draw them out of darkness to the ONE True Light. We can’t share our light if we run from the darkness.
We are commanded to love others; and we don’t get to pick and choose who we love. We simply obey and love like He asks us to.
We don’t get to choose the “beautiful butterflies” over the “roaches”.
Remember – Jesus came to know:
-An adulterous woman
-An insane hermit
-A poor widow
-An enemy who hated him
-A despised tax collector
-A crippled beggar
And the list goes on…TODAY.
Some of them reached out to him; and He reached out to them all. Jesus still reaches out today, and it surely doesn’t sound like He always chooses beautiful butterflies to me.
The greatest FOUR LETTER WORD in the Bible?
Love your brothers and sisters. 1 John 4:21
Love your enemy. Matthew 5:44
Love your neighbor. Galatians 5:14
Love one another. 1 John 4:7-8
Share His love and scatter His hope in the darkness!