Thursday, August 8, 2013

Believing in Power

As I headed off in my cute little lime green Honda Civic to kayak for an hour, I noticed a hitchhiker on the windshield. It was a young Praying Mantis, the first I have seen in a year or two! We used to have pet Praying Mantises - Asherel loves them and she would keep them, name them, feed them, and even did some scientific research on them. She learned many interesting things. For example, do you know Praying Mantises will always climb to the highest point they can in a cage? Or that they will snatch a toothpick with food on it and eat it like corn on the cob? And did you know that when they want to intimidate you, they will weave back and forth?

Well, this little Praying Mantis was clinging to the windshield as I drove along at 30 mph, and he seemed to have noticed me in the car. As soon as I saw him, I pulled over, and he instantly began his intimidating weave. He was ready to battle the wind and the giant. I got out of the car, and spent a good bit of time gently capturing him. He really was having NONE of that, and kept scampering out of my hands, and then weaving to scare me away. Finally, I got him, and carefully placed him in the grass. He weaved at me and waved his ferocious claws.

"Goodbye, little Mantis," I said, "You are very brave and a great inspiration in fighting for your rights."

As I drove away, I chuckled, thinking how the little Mantis had no idea I could have squashed him in a moment. It didn't matter that I was 400 times his size.

"That is how I should behave," I thought, "Always face the world believing that I am strong. After all, God is with me, as He is with all those who believe.
With Him, I can do all things."


1 Samuel 10:6-7 NIV
[6] The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. [7] Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.

-save a dog-

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