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Don’t Wig Out!

I’m loving the effect that all the rain this year has had on camp.  It’s fourth week, and the creeks are still running strong.  All of them.  The waterfalls are gorgeous, and Boulder Springs is full of kids laughing and splashing and taking pictures. 

The only down side is all of the bugs.  Mosquitoes are out in full force.  Mosquitoes and wasps.  I’m still in denial of the fact that there is a large tarantula making its home exactly fifteen feet from our front door.  Not even going to mention that right now. 

Back to the wasps.  They don’t bother me as much as they bother some other people, but they are annoying.  I’m sure it would hurt like crazy if I got stung, but I’d get over it.  Now a tarantula bite…

Anyway.


I have one friend who gets absolutely wiggy when a wasp starts buzzing near his head.  Time and time again, I’ve heard people tell him to ignore it and it will go away.  It’s a true statement, but that doesn’t seem to help my friend.  The moment he hears one buzz, he becomes a human statue, frozen in place unless the compulsion to make a quick exit overtakes him (never seen him do this, but I’ve heard about it). 

It’s kind of funny to think about when you are the outside looking in, but it’s not funny to him.  He is afraid, and fear does strange things to people. 

Take Christians, for instance.  We serve Almighty God, Creator of the Universe, the Great I Am.  The Bible says if He is for us, no one can stand against us (Romans 8:31).  That includes Satan, who amounts to little more than a pesky wasp in the grand scheme of things.  Oh, he stings us sometimes, but He can’t kill us (Romans 8:35-39).  The Father has seen to that (Romans 6:23). 

We ought to laugh at the enemy’s feeble attempts to intimidate.  All that buzzing and humming and hovering.  It shouldn’t affect us at all.  In fact, the Bible tells us that if we ignore him, he will go away (James 4:7). 

But we get scared.  We become paralyzed, statues commemorating a faith that once was rather than living testaments to a powerful God.  We are children of God and soldiers in an army that has already won, but we allow ourselves to be bullied and manipulated by an impotent enemy who will soon be smashed (Romans 16:20). 

Maybe it’s time we took a step back, gained a little perspective.  It’s time to stop running and live like the conquerors we are (Romans 8:37). Come on, people.  Shake it off.  Live the life that you were meant to live. The last laugh is ours!

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