June Bugs

I have to admit, out of all of God’s creatures, June bugs are my least favorite. If you know me, you know that I am normally reserved and quiet, but when a June bug enters the room, my entire nature changes. My family watches in amazement as I begin to shriek and run around, looking for cover.

I am convinced that the noisy bug is going to fly into my hair. I don’t know exactly what will happen when he does, but I’m sure it won’t be pretty.

I have yet to discover why the Lord made these crunchy little bugs. I guess I could google it to find out their purpose in life, but even the thought of looking at their pictures on the computer gives me the shivers. I know parents who lovingly call their sweet little baby “June Bug”.  My daughter was born in June, but not once did I bestow that title upon her.

I’ve noticed that June bugs seem to never have a direction in their life. They speedily zoom along for a split second, then quickly go in an entirely different direction. Just what distracts them, I am not sure. I do know the light seems to draw them at first, but unlike the moth, they never get close enough to that light to make them settle down. They just seem to keep flying around in a light filled room.

I am very happy, however, that they seem to have a short little life. My guess is it’s because they expend so much energy zooming here and there for no particular reason. Quite soon I see them huddled in a corner, wanting to have another go at it, but just not quite having enough gumption to get up and do it.

As much as I detest these little creatures, I do confess that there have been times in my life where I also start off with a bang, but then quickly lose steam and drop to the floor.  I know what I am to be doing, and fly into the light filled room.  However, instead of flying into the light of my Savior, where my strength lies, I begin to dart here and there, losing my focus. Things distract me, and instead of heading in the direction I should go, I start dabbling with this or that.

It’s at times like this when the Lord puts a picture in my mind, of Him staring into my eyes, willing me to only look directly at Him.  I can see his fingers pointing back and forth between our eyes as He says to me, “you and Me – just you and Me”.  It’s time to re-focus and get back to the task at hand, setting aside all the distractions that are buzzing around my head.

Hebrews 12:2  …Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

by Vickie Wright