As I age, I have grown to appreciate bugs. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like them in my house. However, they fascinate me when they’re outside. Did you ever stop to think about how they feel being called a bug? Did you ever look into their eyes and wonder what they’re thinking? OK, I’m being silly. Seriously, have you ever taken the time to look at the wonderful design of each one?
Since I love to take pictures, my photography has really given me a chance to examine bugs up close and personal. As I look at these, often times beautiful creatures, I am in awe of God who designed each one. This week as I was reflecting on my latest bug picture—a dragonfly in my backyard—I knew God had a lesson in it for us this week.
As most of you know, I’m still recovering from my treatments for breast cancer. I have been discouraged because I am still having low energy and other problems that bug me. However, I know it is a process, so I am taking time to allow myself to heal. As I was thinking about bugs this week, it dawned on me. God has taken care to create some beautiful bugs on the earth. We take them for granted and often look for ways to get them out of our lives. They bug us and we simply want them gone.
Just as bugs torment us, so do certain situations in our lives. We often just want to stop the pain and suffering and get on with the things in life we enjoy. We don’t want to be bugged by inconveniences of illness, job loss, financial difficulties, divorce, etc. We simply want to rid ourselves of the problem. However, could it be that these bugs have been perfectly designed just for us?
If we take the time and lean into God during tough times, there, we find the beauty in the situation. We begin to see our trials from His viewpoint. He knows exactly what it’s going to take for us to grow into the person He has created us to be. Just as He has concerned Himself with every little detail of a bug’s design, He concerns Himself with every little detail of our lives as well.
So this week, if you’re feeling bugged by life’s trials, relax. Know that God knows every detail about your situation. He doesn’t allow us to go through hard times because he wants to bug us. Rather, He is interested in teaching us to find the beauty in the design.
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.